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ERIC Number: ED078938
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 6
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The Deer and the Duck.
Palmer, Edward L.
This is a response to the criticism of "Sesame Street" by Herbert A. Sprigle in the December, 1972, issue of "Childhood Education." It is maintained that Sprigle misconstrued and misrepresented the program's mandate and objectives and that the design and reporting of his study are so flawed that his conclusions are virtually meaningless. The following are discussed as flaws or biases of Sprigle's study: (1) "Sesame Street" was pitted against a comprehensive program of classroom instruction, a contest in which it is not designed to compete; (2) there is a strong suggestion that the "Sesame Street" and classroom groups were not fairly matched, which casts doubt on all performance comparisons; (3) viewing times suggest that many in Sprigle's training program almost certainly viewed"Sesame Street"; (4) both groups of children were trained by Sprigle's own teaching staff; (5) the study focused only on five- and six-year-olds, whereas "Sesame Street's" primary target audience is four-year-olds; (6) the children at the end of the two groups were tested at the end of the first grade, when both groups were above the level of the "Sesame Street" curriculum; and (7) two of the tests given depend on manipulative skills, which obviously could not be part of the "Sesame Street" curriculum. Other conclusions of the study and assumptions about "Sesame Street" curriculum. Other conclusions of the study and assumptions about "Sesame Street" are discussed, as misinterpretations and misrepresentations. [Filmed from best available copy.] (KM)
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Authoring Institution: Children's Television Workshop, New York, NY.