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Research Article  |   July 1989
Videotaped Versus Live Instruction in Demonstrating Evaluation Skills to Occupational Therapy Students
Author Affiliations
  • Susan Bazyk, MHS, OTR, is Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy Program, Department of Health Sciences, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio. (Mailing address: 1983 East 24th Street, Fenn Tower, Room 703, Cleveland, Ohio 44115)
  • John Jeziorowski, MS, PT, is Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Program, Department of Health Sciences, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio
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Research Article   |   July 1989
Videotaped Versus Live Instruction in Demonstrating Evaluation Skills to Occupational Therapy Students
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July 1989, Vol. 43, 465-468. doi:10.5014/ajot.43.7.465
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July 1989, Vol. 43, 465-468. doi:10.5014/ajot.43.7.465
Abstract

This study compared the effectiveness of videotaped and live instruction in demonstrating a developmental evaluation to occupational therapy students. Twenty-three students were randomly assigned to either the videotape or the live instruction group. While the videotape group watched a 25-minute commercially available videotape demonstrating the Milani-Comparetti Motor Development Screening Test, the live group received the same information from an instructor. A written examination that assessed student knowledge of the purpose and procedures of the evaluation tool served as the pretest and posttest. After the posttest, the students were asked to answer questions regarding their learning experience.

Results indicated no difference in test scores between the two groups. Although both groups rated the learning experience as good, all students stated a preference for live over videotaped instruction because of the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the instructor. These findings suggest that although videotaped instruction may be an effective teaching method, there may be ways to enhance student satisfaction with its use.