ERIC Number: ED116674
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Television and Human Behavior: The Key Studies.
Comstock, George; And Others
Some 450 studies and other items judged to be of key importance to research on television and human behavior are summarized. For empirical research, each summary presents: (1) principal findings; (2) design and methodology; (3) theory and discussion. For theory, review and nonempirical works, each summary presents: principal conclusions and theory and discussion. The summaries are described as critical annotations because they represent a judgment about the data or, in the case of nonempirical work, about the major thrust, and not a reiteration of stated conclusions. The summaries were rated by a jury of social scientists on the basis of "interest at this time," and their opinions are noted by a system of asterisks. In addition, the summaries are preceded by an analysis of methodological issues and trends within each of the substantive areas covered by the eleven specialized bibliographies. It concluded that many of the apparent disputes about the substantive scientific findings instead represent differences in the way various evaluators collate and analyze evidence, and that debate should be focused on the validity and implications of alternative means of evaluation, instead of on the "rightness" or "wrongness" of the findings. (Author/HB)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Behavior Patterns, Behavioral Science Research, Human Development, Literature Reviews, Media Research, Research Methodology, Research Problems, State of the Art Reviews, Surveys, Television Research, Television Viewing, Trend Analysis
Publications Department, The Rand Corporation, 1700 Main Street, Santa Monica, California 90406 ($10.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.
Note: For a related document see IR 002 919