ERIC Number: ED120204
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation Report on Vegetable Soup: The Effects of a Multi-Ethnic Children's Television Series on Intergroup Attitudes of Children. Precis and Overview.
Mays, Luberta; And Others
This report presents the summative evaluation of Vegetable Soup, a multi-ethnic children's television series designed to reduce and/or eliminate the adverse effects of racial isolation in elementary school students of white, black, Asian, Puerto Rican, Chicano, and Native American backgrounds. It was the purpose of the research to test the predetermined objectives of the programs in order to assess the effect of the programs in bringing about attitudinal change on the part of those children who viewed them, compared with those children who did not. Data was collected by these methods: recording verbal responses as children viewed programs, analyzing verbal responses in terms of educational gains, and administering a formal test by using an interview technique. Positive verbal responses, attainment of objectives, and significant difference in intergroup attitudes of viewers compared to non-viewers were strong indicators of program effectiveness. The series had an effect on all children who viewed it, although some of the measures showed greater gains for some children, particularly in the areas of acceptance or rejection of others. Spontaneous responses generally indicated feelings of warmth, understanding, sympathy, and empathy for children of other ethnic groups. (RC)
Descriptors: Affective Objectives, Attitude Change, Attitude Measures, Childhood Attitudes, Comparative Analysis, Cultural Awareness, Educational Television, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Ethnic Groups, Ethnic Relations, Intergroup Relations, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Racial Attitudes, Summative Evaluation
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Education Dept. , Albany. Bureau of Mass Communications.