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ERIC Number: ED217876
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
California Assessment Program Surveys of Television and Achievement.
Fetler, Mark; Carlson, Dale
In order to examine the relationship of television viewing to student achievement while taking into account such related variables as study habits, prior achievements, characteristics of the home viewing environment, and socioeconomic status, a survey of the television viewing habits of sixth grade students was conducted by the California Assessment Program during the spring of 1981. Achievement data were taken from the spring 1981 administration of the California Assessment Program's Survey of Basic Skills: Grade 6. Socioeconomic data were also collected during administration of the survey. To gather information on television viewing habits, questionnaires were submitted to sixth grade students from a systematic sample of 316 California elementary and middle schools. Descriptive statistics were calculated for all questions on the survey and the results of the surveyed students' achievement tests were correlated with survey responses. Heavy viewing was associated with lower achievement, lower socioeconomic standing, and a preference for light entertainment. When socioeconomic standing and prior achievement were controlled, a negative association between heavy viewing and level of academic achievement remained. Accompanying the text are 18 data tables, an appendix listing the questions from the television viewing survey, and an appendix listing statistics and correlations for survey results. (Author/JL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982). Not available in paper copy due to poor quality of print.