ERIC Number: ED060672
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Dec
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison of Parents' Attitudes Toward AEL's 'Around the Bend' and Other Children's Television Programs.
Bertram, Charles L.; MacDonald, Randolph
A survey was designed to determine how the Appalachia Educational Laboratory (AEL) produced noncommercial television program "Around the Bend" compared in appeal with other children's programs. A questionnaire was sent to random samples of parents with three to five year old children in three groups: those children who saw the program every day, children who watched the program eah day and were visited once a week by a paraprofessional home visitor, and children who watched the program, were visited once a week by the home visitor, and were exposed to a mobile classroom once a week. Results showed that "Around the Bend" was rated as good or better than two popular children's programs on commercial television and "Sesame Street." The highest rating was given the program on every question and by every treatment group. It was somewhat surprising that "Around the Bend" should have received consistently higher ratings than "Sesame Street", since "Around the Bend" is a black and white 30-minute program. However, "Around the Bend" had been available in the community longer, and was probably perceived as more relevant to the Appalachian area. (SH)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.
Identifiers: Around the Bend; Sesame Street