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Creating a searchable multimedia teacher-education database requires a thesaurus control language for categorizing and labeling sequences in multimedia artifacts. This language must be based on a conceptual hierarchy that is authentic to teacher educators and teachers, and also capable of meeting the constraints of computer programmers. The present work aims to develop such a database. One aspect entails developing an authentic language for teacher education capable of embracing the richness of text, multimedia, and hypertext, and also for supporting archiving functions so that educators can add as well as access resources. This paper looks at a key aspect of developing that database, the language needed for categorizing, and retrieving information. Essentially, the challenge entails identifying or developing a language that is authentic to teacher education and teachers, appropriate for coding text and multimedia resources, and compatible with computer programming requirements. (Contains 25 references.) (MVL)

Descriptors: Databases, Higher Education, Hypermedia, Lexicology, Multimedia Materials, Teacher Education, Vocabulary Development, World Wide Web

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Author: Klemm, E. Barbara


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