ERIC Number: ED122802
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
A Summary of the Major Findings in "The Second Year of Sesame Street: A Continuing Evaluation."
Bogatz, Gerry Ann; Ball, Samuel
To determine the effectiveness of Sesame Street in imparting basic facts and skills to children aged 3-5, data from the first year study was reanalyzed and a second-year research study was undertaken. The second-year study included a new study of 283 disadvantaged children and a followup study of 283 disadvantaged children from the first year study. Results showed significant gains in many basic skills, such as naming letters, matching by form, sight reading, recognizing numbers, naming numbers, and counting. The followup study findings showed that Sesame Street "graduates" who were frequent viewers and who entered school during the show's second year were, according to teacher rankings, better prepared than their non- or low-viewing classmates and adapted well to school. Regardless of racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic background, the children who viewed Sesame Street most learned most. (JY)
Descriptors: Black Youth, Childhood Attitudes, Disadvantaged Youth, Early Childhood Education, Educational Television, Followup Studies, Preschool Children, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Programing (Broadcast), School Readiness Tests, Spanish Americans, Television Research, Television Viewing
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Children's Television Workshop, New York, NY.; Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.