ERIC Number: ED121266
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Summary and Analysis: Children's Perceptions of the Realism and Unrealism of Television. A Pilot Study.
Klapper, Hope Lunin
Using open-ended questions to elicit responses from 77 kindergarteners, 24 second graders, and 25 fifth graders in New York, an attempt was made to determine how children perceive the accuracy and the reality of television programs. The kindergarteners and second graders tended to restrict their observations to specific visual traits, while the fifth graders demonstrated an ability to perceive social patterns. All groups failed to systematically distinguish between television and real life, though many recognized that television outcomes (i.e., happy endings) were not representative of the real world. (EMH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Joint Committee for Research on Children and Television, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the American Association for Public Opinion Research (Lake George, N.Y., May 1974)