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ERIC Number: ED170209
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
A Study of the Impact of the Television Show "Holocaust" on Adolescent Attitudes and Knowledge.
Greenberg, Barry; Fain, Stephen
The impact of the television program "Holocaust" on adolescent attitudes is investigated. The study explored the knowledge and attitudes of the students before and after viewing the show and examined how the students differed by racial or ethnic group, and religious preference, or extent of religious observance in their response to the show. A 20 item Likert-type questionnaire and a sheet of 12 demographic items was administered to 286 tenth-grade social studies classes at three schools both before and one month after the program. Results reveal that exposure to the program did not change student attitudes significantly. Racial/ethnic group and religious preference showed a difference in attitude but extent of religious observance did not. The implications of the study are that if schools are to use commercial television as an educational tool, teachers will need to acquire greater knowledge of the subject treated, prepare their students for viewing the program, and receive the support of supplemental bibliographic materials plus support from curriculum planners. Limitations noted include a lack of control groups, the small number of students posttested and the time elapse after the viewing before the posttest was administered. Although the questions were not subjected to indepth validity assessment, this was partially overcome by the participation of a content specialist in development of the questionnaire. A bibliography and copies of the demographic sheet and questionnaire are appended. (CK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Holocaust; World War II
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 1979)