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Teachers through the centuries have used visual materials in one form or another. The early ones included plants, animals, charts, maps, and other objects. The science of the reproduction of sound, however, is of i;ecent origin. In recent years with the invention of the phonograph, the radio, and the talking moving picture, a new group of audio-visual materials has appeared. The newest aids are talking moving pictures, filmstrips, radio, scriptions, and television. The use of audio-visual aids in teaching has been increased materially in recent years due to the greater commercial production in this field.

Those aids which we have chosen to consider in this paper are moving pictures, filmstrips, slides, and recordings because they are most common and usable. In order to have up-to-date data on these aids to teaching, a questionnaire was mailed to 182 institutions-all of which are members of the American Association of Teachers Colleges.

In our request for information we asked ten questions concerning current practices with regard to film and record libraries and six questions with reference to practices in teacher education.


This article was originally published in American Association of Teachers Colleges. The full-text article can be found here.


American Association of Teachers Colleges

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