ERIC Number: ED250072
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of ABC Early Education Broadcasts: Preschool Correspondence Survey.
In September 1981, the Research Branch of the Department of Education in Queensland, Australia was asked to carry out a brief survey of the opinions of all parents or supervisors of Preschool Correspondence (PC) children. (PC is a home based early education program for families with 4- to 5-year-old children who live in geographically isolated areas of Queensland.) Specifically, the questionnaire concerned three early education programs produced by the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC). The programs were "Playschool," a television program for preschool children; "Kindergarten," a radio program for preschool children; and "About Children," a radio program for parents of preschool children. The main purposes of the survey were to determine how much PC children and their parents used the programs and to investigate various aspects of the broadcasts, including factors possibly affecting use, opinions on the programs' enjoyability or helpfulness, and suggestions for improvement. Survey results were based on 530 responses from parents and were reported in three sections: (1) "Use of ABC Early Education Broadcasts" shows that "Playschool" was viewed by 70% of PC children 3 to 5 days per week, and not viewed at all by 11%. "Kindergarten" was viewed by 12% of PC children 3 to 5 days per week, and not viewed at all by 56%. "About Children" was viewed 3 to 5 days per week by 9% of the parents, and not viewed at all by 68%. (2) "Factors Affecting Use..." includes reported access to television sets and television reception, knowledge of programs and level of interest, and timing of broadcasts. (3) "Program Users Opinions ..." deals with the children's enjoyment of the programs and the helpfulness of "About Children" for parents. A synthesis of results with guidelines for an ongoing review concludes the document. Appended are the survey questionnaire, an analysis of comments received from respondents, and suggestions for improving ABC early education broadcasts. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Queensland Dept. of Education, Brisbane (Australia).
Identifiers: Australia (Queensland); Australian Broadcasting Commission; State Preschool Correspondence School (Australia)