A report on the development of an in-service workshop in media and communications

Kennedy, Mary F. (1978) A report on the development of an in-service workshop in media and communications. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to provide a viable means of changing teacher attitudes toward media in English studies. This was accomplished through the designing of the Media Product on Workshop, which provided in-service for teachers and a valid learning experience for students, thus constituting in-service which was practical, of no financial burden to school boards, and involved no student time loss. -- A total of 71 participants, 18 teachers and 53 grade eleven students, took part in this study. They were from both rural and urban schools. Tests and attitude measures devised by the investigator served as the means of collecting data. -- Analysis of the data demonstrated that all participants gained in achievement scores from pre-test to post-test. Female participants scored significantly higher than did males. -- Attitude measures indicated that participants changed from "no opinion" to positive attitudes from pre-scale to post-scale. Composite attitude scores were significantly greater in favour of teachers for "instructional value of media study" and "significance of media study for school boards." Composite attitude scores were also significantly greater in favour of urban schools for "instructional value of media study" and "media utility in English studies." -- An important observation was that both teachers and students enjoyed and accepted working cooperatively as learners. Teachers felt that the role of learner gave them the opportunity to become acquainted with their students on a more personal level than normal classroom routines permit, and students accepted their teachers as part of the group. -- On the basis of this observation it was recommended that school boards consider implementing this type of in-service in the future.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/7566
Item ID: 7566
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves [66]-68.
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 1978
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Media programs (Education); Teachers--In-service training--Newfoundland and Labrador

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