ERIC Number: ED086722
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Oct
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The Workshop and the World: Toward an Assessment of the Children's Television Workshop.
Yin, Robert K.
The potential social impact of the Children's Television Workshop (CTW), originator of Sesame Street, the Electric Company, and other innovative educational ventures, and the fact that it is supported largely by public monies are strong reasons for examining the full implications of the workshop's achievements. This study was designed to identify the issues and potential measures for assessing the overall impact of the CTW, by determining whether CTW's impact can be caputured within a comprehensive framework despite the diversity of the workshop's activities; the usefulness of existing data for such an assessment was examined. The study found that although each impact may be measurable, no acceptable method currently exists for uniting these separate impacts and thereby reaching a single statement of CTW's total impact. Thus, the study concluded that a comprehensive assessment of CTW would probably be a fruitless endeavor. The study recommended several independent analyses, including a national survey, a multi-year field study, a special investigation of the effects of Sesame street and other CTW productions, an institutional study, a school-based field study, and a comparative study. Although the information obtained from such studies would not be agreeable into a single statement of CTW's effect, such a new array of evidence would substantially broaden the present understanding of CTW's accomplishments. (NE)
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Sponsor: John and Mary R. Markle Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Washington, DC.