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Doctor of Education (EdD)


The purpose of the study was to determine the current status of nonprint media production in the public secondary schools. A questionnaire was administered to the media specialists/librarians at all Louisiana schools containing grades seven through twelve including schools listed as junior highs containing the sixth grade. A 90.909 percent response rate was achieved. Findings included the following: (1) In the order of occurrence, nonprint media produced in the public secondary schools of Louisiana were: overhead transparencies; cassette and/or reel to reel audio tapes; video tapes, photographic slides and photographic film development; slide/tape programs; computer programs; and 8mm films; (2) In schools producing nonprint media, teachers followed by media specialists/librarians were performing the majority of production work; (3) All schools had facilities or equipment available that could be used for nonprint media production. Overhead transparencies, audio tapes, and photographic slides were the nonprint formats with the most available equipment; 1/2" video tape equipment and computer equipment seemed to be increasing in school availability; (4) The primary items supplied for nonprint production in the public secondary schools were overhead transparency materials and audio tapes; (5) District level nonprint media production was available in a majority of schools. Funding for nonprint media production was primarily from the district level followed by school generated sources; (6) Principals, teachers, media specialists and students were very receptive to the concept of nonprint media production; and (7) The majority of faculty members had the skills necessary to produce audio tape recordings; but most faculty members did not have the skills necessary to produce photographic slides, slide/tape programs, video tapes, 8mm films, or computer programs. The following nonprint media production recommendations were made: (1) Increased state support is needed; (2) Preservice and inservice training for school faculty members should be provided; (3) Students should be provided with information regarding nonprint media production; (4) Special attention should be given to video and computer technologies as emerging trends impacting schools; and (5) Further research should be conducted to determine the factors influencing nonprint media production in schools.