ERIC Number: ED337366
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
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Soaps and Sitcoms as Socialization: The Role of Television in Citizenship Education.
Faichney, Gavin W.
The effect that television programs have on the socialization of children is examined. As traditional sources of socialization have declined, and children's viewing of television has dramatically increased, it is important to consider just what children are learning from television programs about the world and their place in it. A study of the programs most watched by Australian elementary school children was undertaken. The most-watched program, "Neighbours," a soap opera, is discussed in comparison with a program very popular in the United States, "The Cosby Show," a situation comedy. A scene from each show is analyzed. Citizenship teachers need to help students negotiate the meanings of television programs so students can develop the skills and knowledge necessary to participate effectively in the social world of which they are a part. A 15-item bibliography is included, as well as appendices that contain transcripts of the dialogue from the television scenes analyzed. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (70th, Anaheim, CA, November 16-19, 1990).