ERIC Number: ED248068
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Television's Effects on Rural Alaska. Summary of Final Report. Social and Cognitive Effects of the Introduction of Television on Rural Alaskan Native Children.
The report summarizes information from a 5-year study, begun in 1977, of the effects of the introduction of commercial and educational television to isolated communities in rural Alaska. It is intended primarily for residents of villages which participated in the study, for the staff of the schools which were involved, and for Alaskan policy makers. Following a brief description of the study design and viewing habits of the subjects, the report outlines findings regarding the influence of television on students' mental skills, English language skills, desire to migrate, goals, sex stereotypes, attitudes toward self and others, and perceptions of "most important person." The report discusses three types of influences which should be considered when television is introduced into traditional societies: that television may make people dissatisfied with the goods and services they buy and the lives they lead, television's role as a "thief of time," and television's influence on values. To reduce the negative impact of television, the report suggests that the content and form of television in rural Alaska need not be a carbon copy of television in the rest of the United States and that the way television is viewed can be changed by teaching critical viewing skills. (NEC)
Descriptors: Alaska Natives, American Indian Education, Cognitive Development, Commercial Television, Community Change, Cross Sectional Studies, Cultural Awareness, Educational Television, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Eskimos, Longitudinal Studies, Rural Areas, Social Influences, Television Research, Television Viewing, Tribes
College of Human and Rural Development, University of Alaska at Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (1-9 copies, $2.00 ea., discounts on larger quantities).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Practitioners; Policymakers
Sponsor: Alaska Council on Science and Technology, Juneau.
Authoring Institution: Alaska Univ., Fairbanks. Center for Cross-Cultural Studies.
Identifiers: Alaska; Haida (Tribe); Impact; Impact Studies; Television Access; Tlingit (Tribe)
Note: For final report, see RC 014 877.