Year of Publication


Date of Thesis


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Communications (School)

Subject Categories

Video tapes in education; Residence counselors; Audio-visual education


The objective of this study was to test the utility of videotape simulations as a device to help train dormitory housing paraprofessionals. Five dramatizations depicting stressful situations encountered by housing staff members were taped at Ithaca College and subsequently shown to 33 experienced paraprofessionals for evaluation. Following the presentation, responses were elicited from the group by means of a questionnaire. The test group unanimously agreed that the "trigger" tape segments were indeed quite realistic and should prove to be a valuable training tool for the fall training program. On an arbitrary scale of 1 to 4 (l =poor, 2=fair, 3=good, 4=excellent), their composite responses ranged from 2.99 to a question regarding the usefulness of variable cards (background information) as a supplemental aid in understanding the tape sequences to an average response of 3.78 when queried about whether they felt the simulation program would be a useful training aid.

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