ERIC Number: ED052842
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Dec
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A Comparison of Parents' Attitudes Toward AEL's "Around the Bend" and Other Children's Television Programs.
Bertram, Charles L.
This study compared the parental appeal of the Appalachia Educational Laboratory's television program, "Around the Bend," with "Captain Kangaroo" and "Romper Room." Data was solitited from 150 parents of children in each of the three treatment groups of the Early Childhood Education Program: (1) children who observed the television program only; (2) those who watched the program and were visited at home once weekly by a paraprofessional; and (3) those receiving the TV program and the home visits, who were also exposed once a week to a mobile classroom. The survey forms were designed to determine which programs were viewed by the children, if parents watched the programs with the children, if parents thought the children enjoyed and/or learned from the programs, and if parents thought the different programs were good for the children. Parents were asked to rate the programs from the best to the very worst and give the program sponsors' names. Eighty-one percent of the 150 parents to whom forms were mailed responded. "Around the Bend" was rated best by 51% of the parents; "Captain Kangaroo," by 38% and "Romper Room," by 11%: The ratings varied among the parents of children in different treatment groups. Many of the children watched two or more children's programs each day. Many parents watched the programs with their children and felt that instructional television combined with home visits was an acceptable procedure for early childhood education. A summary of the AEL Early Childhood Program is available as PS 004 889. (Author/AJ)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.