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ERIC Number: ED119627
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 76
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Earth's a Big Blue Marble: A Report of the Impact of a Children's Television Series on Children's Opinions.
Roberts, Donald F.; And Others
A summative evaluation of the final form of the first four episodes of Big Blue Marble, a television series for children, was conducted. Researchers examined children's perceptions of similarities and differences between themselves and children in other parts of the world; their opinions about the well-being of other children; their opinions about work and responsibility relative to children in other parts of the world; and their sense of ethnocentrism. Subjects were fourth, fifth, and sixth grade children. It was found that viewing the program influences children to perceive greater similarity between themselves and people from other parts of the world. The program affected viewers' perceptions of the well-being of children in other parts of the world such that, after viewing, those children were rated better off. There was a reduction in ethnocentrism after viewing the program, and children were less positive in attributing superiority to things which are American. Children's attitudes toward work and responsibility were affected by the program, but the effect varied depending on age and pre-viewing attitudes. The general response of the children to Big Blue Marble was positive. (CH)
Publication Type: Books
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Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Inst. for Communication Research.