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Warren F. Seibert Papers

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Abstract

Title:
Warren F. Seibert Papers
Author/Creator:
Seibert, Warren F.
Collection number:
NPBA 91-231
Size:
6.00 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1960-1980
Inclusive dates:
1943-1985
Collection Area:
Mass Media and Culture
Repository:
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email: askhornbake@umd.edu
Abstract:

Dr. Warren F. Seibert specialized in instructional television research and development. An educational psychologist and television researcher, Dr. Seibert held academic positions at Purdue University, Michigan State University and Pennsylvania State University. From 1956 to 1963, Seibert worked at Purdue University as a TV Program Research Consultant and as an associate professor. His positions at Michigan State University (1969-1972) included work as a senior research scientist at the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, and as founding chairman of the Department of Educational Resources at the School of Dentistry. In 1980, Seibert moved to the Washington, DC area to be chief of the Educational Research and Evaluation Branch of the National Medical Audiovisual Center of the National Library of Medicine. He wrote many publications on educational broadcasting and other subjects, and has lectured extensively on educational broadcasting both nationally and internationally. This collection contains instructional television studies, conference documents, materials on Seibert's participation in the National Association of Educational Broadcasters and documents regarding the Open University system.

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Warren F. Seibert Papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

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Historical Note

Warren Frederick Seibert, the son of Harry Harrison and Henrietta Caroline (Struckmeyer) Seibert, was born in Carbondale, Illinois on March 19, 1927. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Radarman 3/C from 1945 to 1946. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in education in 1950 and a Masters of Science degree in education in 1951 from Southern Illinois University. He also received a Ph.D. in psychology from Purdue University in 1956. Seibert married Nedra Alice Midjaas on March 13, 1949. They have three children, Diane Janice, Eric Larsen and Robin Suzanne.

His career in educational broadcasting research and development began as a graduate research assistant at Southern Illinois University from 1950 to 1951. He then served as Director of Student Employment at the University from 1951 to 1952. From 1952 to 1955, while pursuing his doctoral studies, he worked as a graduate research assistant and administrative assistant for the Division of Educational Reference at Purdue University. He then served as an assistant professor of psychology at the Purdue Calumet Campus from 1955 to 1956.

Seibert continued to serve in various positions at Purdue University such as TV Program Research Consultant and Associate Professor, 1956-1963 and head of the Instructional Media Research. On leave from Purdue University, he served as Senior Research Coordinator and in 1968 he served as a distinguished visiting Professor of Educational Psychology at Pennsylvania State University.

From 1969 to 1972, Seibert held several positions at the University of Michigan including professor of dentistry and psychology and senior research scientist at the Center for Research on Learning and teaching. He was also the founding chairman of the Department of Educational Resources at the School of Dentistry at the University of Michigan. He returned to Purdue University in 1972 to serve as Professor of Education and Engineering Education; as associate director of Measurement and Research center and as director of the Office of Instructional Services until 1980. That year, Seibert relocated to Washington, DC to become chief of the Educational Research and Evaluation Branch of the National Medical Audiovisual Center of the National Library of Medicine.

Throughout his career, Seibert has lectured nationally and internationally on educational broadcasting. In 1961, he served as director of the International Seminar on Instructional Television at Purdue University. From 1962 to 1972, he also served on evaluation panels at the U.S. Office of Education. He participated as an observer for the International Conference of Radio and Television Organizations in School Broadcasting in Rome, Italy in 1961, as a animateur for the Third International Conference of the European Broadcasting Union on Educational Radio and Television in Paris, France in 1967 and as a lecturer on educational media and research at the National University of Ecuador in Quito in 1968. He also served as a participant and session rapporteur for the International Conference on Evaluation and Research in Educational Broadcasting, Open University, Milton Keynes, England in 1976.

Dr. Seibert has also presented papers, lectured or served as a panel participant at organizations such as the American Psychological Association, the American Statistical Association, and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. He has also been a consultant to several organizations, school systems and companies including the Educational Communications System (ECS) Project, National Area School Television (1967), National Public Radio (1974), Addison-Wesley Publishers (1968) and the Joint Council on Economic Education (1979).

Dr. Seibert is the author of numerous articles and publications on educational broadcasting research and measurement in publications such as the Journal of Educational Psychology, the Educational Broadcasting Review, the Public Telecommunications Review, and the NAEB Journal.

Dr. Warren F. Seibert died in December 2001.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Warren F. Seibert Papers covers the years 1943 to 1985 with the bulk of the material from 1960 to 1980. The collection documents Seibert's work as a researcher and educator in the field of instructional television at Purdue University, Pennsylvania State University and the University of Michigan. The biographical material, correspondence and publications in this collection discuss the development and study of instructional television and educational broadcasting, the development of the Open University and Seibert's participation in several international and national conferences on instructional television and educational broadcasting.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The Warren F. Seibert Papers was donated to the National Public Broadcasting Archives, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries by Warren F. Seibert in April of 1991.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Sonya Ramsey, June 1992. Revised by Karen E. King, March 1996

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Karen E. King, August 2006.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Broadcasting and Instructional Television Studies, 1943-1979 (1.00 linear foot)

This series contains studies of broadcasting and instructional television conducted by Warren F. Seibert and other scholars sponsored by various universities including Boston University, Columbia University, and Purdue University. Other materials include instructional television studies sponsored by the U.S. Army and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Finally, the series contains compressed speech studies. The university studies are arranged alphabetically by university, while the other materials are chronologically arranged.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
University Instructional Television Studies -- Boston University. School of Public Relation and Communications, Division of Communications Arts. International Educational Television Seminar: 1957, 1957, January 1958 series 1box 1folder 1
University Instructional Television Studies -- Columbia University. Jaffe, Abram and Stanley Henshaw. Studies in the Utilization of Television in the Schools, August 1965 series 1box 1folder 2
University Instructional Television Studies -- State University of Iowa, 1956, 1958 series 1box 1folder 3
Stuit, Dewey, et al. An Experiment in Teaching, September 1956 series 1box 1folder 3item 1.0
Becker, Samuel, et al. Teaching by the Discussion Method, 1958 series 1box 1folder 3item 2.0
University Instructional Television Studies -- Miami University. Experimental Study in Instructional Procedures, 1956, 1957, 1960 series 1box 1folder 4
University Instructional Television Studies -- Michigan State University. Kumata, H., et al. Teaching Advertising by Television; Parts 1 and 2, 1958 series 1box 1folder 5
University Instructional Television Studies -- New York University. Klapper, Hope Lunin, et al. Closed-Circuit Television as a Medium of Instruction, 1955, 1958 series 1box 1folder 6
University Instructional Television Studies -- Ohio State University -- Guba, Egon and Willavene Wolf. A Perception and Television: Physiological Factors of Television Viewing, 1962, 1964 series 1box 1folder 7
University Instructional Television Studies -- Ohio State University -- "Perception and Television: A Study of Eye-Movements in Television"; Wolf, Willavene, et al. Part II Eye-Movement Study of Children Viewing Television, undated series 1box 1folder 8
University Instructional Television Studies -- Pennsylvania State University -- Seibert, Warren. "Preliminary Examination of the Educational Potential and the Future Assessment of Edufax", June 1968 series 1box 1folder 9
University Instructional Television Studies -- Pennsylvania State University -- Carpenter, C.R. and L.P. Greenhill. Investigation of Closed Circuit Television for Teaching University Courses, 1955, 1958 series 1box 1folder 10
University Instructional Television Studies -- Pennsylvania State University -- Greenhill, L.P., et al. The Educational Effectiveness, Acceptability, and Feasibility of the Eidophor Large-Screen Television Projector, January 1962 series 1box 1folder 11
University Instructional Television Studies -- Pennsylvania State University -- Carpenter, C.R. and L.P. Greenhill. Comparative Research on Methods and Media for Presenting Programmed Courses in Mathematics and English, March 1963 series 1box 1folder 12
University Instructional Television Studies -- Purdue University -- Seibert, Warren. "Purdue Instructional Television Attitude Scale", December 1957 series 1box 1folder 13
University Instructional Television Studies -- Purdue University -- Seibert, Warren and James S. Miles. International Seminar on Instructional Television, October 8-18, 1961 series 1box 1folder 14
University Instructional Television Studies -- Purdue University -- "The Legibility of Televised Visuals: A Study of Signal Bandwidth and Other Factors" sponsored by the Instructional Media Research Unit, December 1964 series 1box 1folder 15
Army Studies -- Rosenstein, Alvin J. and Joseph H. Kanner. Television and Army Training: Color vs. Black and White. Reprinted from Audio Visual Communications Review vol. 9, no. 1, January-February 1961 series 1box 1folder 16
Corporation for Public Broadcasting -- Dirr, Peter J. and Ronald J. Pedone. Uses of Television for Instruction 1976-1977, 1979 series 1box 1folder 17
Corporation for Public Broadcasting -- Study of Public Television Educational Services 1978-1979 sponsored by the Office of Educational Activities, February 1980 series 1box 1folder 18
Compressed Speech Studies -- Wood, David. Comprehension of Compressed Speech by Elementary School Children, August 1965 series 1box 2folder 1
Compressed Speech Studies -- Friedman, Herbert, et al. "Further Research on Speeded Speech as an Educational Medium", January 1966, July 1966, February 1967 series 1box 2folder 2
Pennington, James R. "The Cost of Educational Television", January 1960 series 1box 2folder 3
Fourth Revolution: Instructional Technology in Higher Education, undated series 1box 2folder 4
Educational Broadcasting Studies and Articles, 1943-1980 series 1box 2folder 5
Campeau, Peggie L. Selective Review of the Use of Audio Visual Media To Teach Adults, March 1972 series 1box 2folder 6
Grants for Broadcasting Research -- AMPEX Study, 1959-1964 series 1box 2folder 7
Grants for Broadcasting Research -- Title VII (PL 85-864) Research Program, 1958-1968 series 1box 2folder 8
TVPR (Purdue) Study Reports, 1957-1968 series 1box 3folder 1
TVPR (Purdue) Study Reports, 1957-1968 series 1box 3folder 2
TVPR (Purdue) Study Reports, 1957-1968 series 1box 3folder 3

Series 2: Open University, 1971-1983 (0.25 linear foot)

This series documents the development of the Open University system of offering university courses via television to students in the United States and the British Open University system. Types of documents include correspondence, press clippings, articles and reports.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Open Line Newsletter/BBC Overseas Newsletter, November 1976-September 1983 series 2box 3folder 4
Printed Materials, undated series 2box 3folder 5
National Association of Educational Broadcasters. Open Learning Systems, 1974 series 2box 3folder 6
Reports, 1972-1976 series 2box 3folder 7
Correspondence, 1973-1978 series 2box 3folder 8
Articles and Press Clippings, 1973-1981 series 2box 3folder 9
International Conference on Evaluation and Research in Educational Television, in Milton Keynes England, 1976 series 2box 4folder 1

Series 3: Printed, Published Materials, 1961-1976 (4 folders)

This series contains television and radio broadcasting journals and instructional television publications. Titles include European Broadcasting Union Review and Radio Free Europe.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
ERIC Papers, 1971-1973, 1976 series 3box 4folder 2
Educational Broadcasting Review, 1969-1972 series 3box 4folder 3
European Broadcasting Union Review, 1961 series 3box 4folder 4
Radio Free Europe, 1965 series 3box 4folder 5

Series 4: European Broadcasting Union, 1961-1967 (5 folders)

This series documents Seibert's participation in two European Broadcasting Union conferences in Rome, Italy (1961) and in Paris, France (1967). Types of documents include correspondence, reports, and a book.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
International Conference; Rome, Italy, December 3-9, 1961 series 4box 4folder 6
International Conference Meeting Materials, December 1961 series 4box 4folder 7
International Conference Meeting Materials, December 1961 series 4box 4folder 8
International Conference; Paris, France, March 1967 series 4box 4folder 9
Third European Broadcasting Union International Conference on Radio Television; Paris [book], March 8-22, 1967 series 4box 5folder 1

Series 5: National Association of Educational Broadcasters, 1962-1975 (6 folders)

This series contains articles, correspondence and reports concerning the issue of professionalism in educational broadcasting. Also included is material concerning two Wingspread Conferences in 1970 and 1975.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
General Materials, 1965-1969 series 5box 5folder 2
Professionalism, 1970-1975 series 5box 5folder 3
Professionalism in Broadcasting, 1970-1974 series 5box 5folder 4
Professionalism - Articles and Reports, 1962-1975 series 5box 5folder 5
Educational Broadcasting Review Editorial Board, 1967-1971 series 5box 5folder 6
Wingspread Conference, 1970, 1975 series 5box 5folder 7

Series 6: Miscellaneous Files, 1968-1985 (3 folders)

This series contains articles and correspondence concerning educational broadcasting and public television. Significant topics include the Children's Television Workshop and the early years of Sesame Street.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Children's Television Workshop: Sesame Street, 1968-1972 series 6box 6folder 1
Articles, Correspondence, 1970-1975 series 6box 6folder 2
Correspondence, 1957-1985 series 6box 6folder 3

Series 7: Audio Tapes, 1961 (44 audio cassettes)

This series contains forty-four audio tapes of the Purdue International ITV Seminar.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 1, 1961 series 7box 6folder 4
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 2, 1961 series 7box 6folder 5
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 3, 1961 series 7box 6folder 6
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 4, 1961 series 7box 6folder 7
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 5, 1961 series 7box 7folder 1
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 6, 1961 series 7box 7folder 2
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 7, 1961 series 7box 7folder 3
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 8, 1961 series 7box 7folder 4
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 10, 1961 series 7box 7folder 5
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 11, 1961 series 7box 7folder 6
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 12, 1961 series 7box 8folder 1
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 13, 1961 series 7box 8folder 2
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 14, 1961 series 7box 8folder 3
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 15, 1961 series 7box 8folder 4
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 16, 1961 series 7box 8folder 5
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 17, 1961 series 7box 8folder 6
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 18, 1961 series 7box 8folder 7
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 19, 1961 series 7box 9folder 1
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 20, 1961 series 7box 9folder 2
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 21, 1961 series 7box 9folder 3
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 22, 1961 series 7box 9folder 4
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 23, 1961 series 7box 9folder 5
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 24, 1961 series 7box 9folder 6
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 25, 1961 series 7box 9folder 7
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 26, 1961 series 7box 10folder 1
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 27, 1961 series 7box 10folder 2
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 28, 1961 series 7box 10folder 3
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 29, 1961 series 7box 10folder 4
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 30, 1961 series 7box 10folder 5
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 31, 1961 series 7box 10folder 6
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 32, 1961 series 7box 10folder 7
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 33, 1961 series 7box 11folder 1
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 34, 1961 series 7box 11folder 2
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 35, 1961 series 7box 11folder 3
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 36, 1961 series 7box 11folder 4
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 37, 1961 series 7box 11folder 5
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 38, 1961 series 7box 11folder 6
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 39, 1961 series 7box 11folder 7
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 40, 1961 series 7box 12folder 1
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 41, 1961 series 7box 12folder 2
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 42, 1961 series 7box 12folder 3
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 43, 1961 series 7box 12folder 4
Audio Recordings of October 1961 Purdue International ITV Seminar -- 44, 1961 series 7box 12folder 5

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