ERIC Number: ED113024
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr-11
Reference Count: 0
Children's Processing of Social Information from Televised Dramatic Programs.
Collins, W. Andrew; Westby, Sally Driscoll
This study examined how children of different ages process social information from dramatic television programs. Second and eighth graders were shown edited versions of a television program that differed in complexity and the difficulty of inferring causal connections between the scenes. In addition, the scenes in half of the showings were kept in the original narrative sequence while in the other half they were randomly ordered. After watching one of the four versions of the program, each child was asked to answer multiple choice questions about discrete scenes in the show and the causal relationships among scenes. The results showed that second graders were poorer at answering inference questions than eighth graders. However, second graders who had watched one of the simple versions of the program did better than those who had seen a complex version, regardless of whether the simple version was ordered or jumbled. Eighth graders did best when the scenes in the program were ordered, regardless of the amount of information in the program. It was concluded that with increased age, there is an increased "straining for meaning" in television viewing. (Author/JMB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Denver, Colorado, April 11, 1975)