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ERIC Number: ED188784
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
What Do Children Really See on Television?
Baron, Lois J.
Children from 3 to 14 years of age were asked questions pertaining to their understanding of such television-related characteristics as technique (zooms and edits), fantasy and reality, production source, and acting. Using semi-clinical interviews, the study assessed the kinds of thought processes characteristic of children at varying age levels as these processes related to thinking about television content and form. One hundred-fifty children from kinderqarten and grade school, and 20 children from preschool were individually interviewed using a 28-item questionnaire. Levels of understanding were coded from 1 to 6, indicating degrees of understanding from "no understanding" to "full understanding." Shifts toward more sophisticated understanding of the television-related concepts generally appear at the onset of concrete thinking in the child (ages 7, 8). Except for understanding of production source concepts (reception of T.V. signals and program scheduling) which appear later in development, the data confirm this trend. Tables are presented for the percentage of subjects at each age with at least partial understanding of television techniques, production source, acting, and reality and fantasy. (Author/SS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Concordia Univ., Montreal (Quebec).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980).