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ERIC Number: ED002846
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1959
Pages: 139
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A STUDY OF THE INTERESTS OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH.
WITTY, PAUL A.; AND OTHERS
MAIN OBJECTIVES WERE TO INVESTIGATE, THROUGH INVENTORIES AND QUESTIONNAIRES, THE ACTIVITIES AND ATTITUDES OF PUPILS IN GRADES 3-9 IN RELATION TO RECREATIONAL PURSUITS, VOCATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL INTERESTS, ENTERTAINMENT MEDIA, AND READING PREFERENCES AND TO RELATE THESE INTERESTS TO SUCH FACTORS AS AGE, SEX, AND BACKGROUND. THE MOST CONSPICUOUS FEATURE WAS THE WAY IN WHICH THE INTERESTS OF PUPILS REFLECT THE MECHANIZED SOCIETY AND THE GENERAL IMPACT OF THE MASS MEDIA ON LIFE. HOBBIES, CRAFTS, MUSIC, AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES WERE SELDOM MENTIONED. IT APPEARS THAT THE PRESENT PATTERN OF INTERESTS IS TOO HEAVILY WEIGHTED WITH ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED WITH MASS MEDIA. THERE APPEARS TO BE TOO LITTLE PARTICIPATION IN OUTDOOR ACTIVITY, HOBBIES, AND CREATIVE PURSUITS OF VARIOUS KINDS. MOREOVER, THE MASS MEDIA MAY EXERCISE A RESTRICTING INFLUENCE UPON THE RECREATION, THE VOCATIONAL AMPLIFICATIONS, AND THE READING OF THE BOYS AND GIRLS. IT WAS RECOMMENDED THAT PARENTS AND TEACHERS AID BY ENCOURAGING CHILDREN TO SELECT PROGRAMS WITH DISCRIMINATION AND TO EVALUATE THEM WITH DISCERNMENT. BY JUDICIOUS EFFORTS TO LEAD CHILDREN TO UTILIZE WISELY INTERESTS AWAKENED BY TELEVISION, ADDITIONAL BENEFITS MAY BE REALIZED. (JL)
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Identifiers: ILLINOIS; Illinois (Evanston)