ERIC Number: ED123319
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
On Meeting Real People: An Evaluation Report on Vegetable Soup: The Effects of a Multi-Ethnic Children's Television Series on Intergroup Attitudes of Children.
Mays, Luberta; And Others
A summative evaluation of a unique television experience for children is presented in this document. Vegetable Soup, a multi-ethnic television series, is designed to reduce the adverse effects of racial prejudice. A major focus of the program is to assist elementary school children in the development of genuine appreciation of members of all ethnic groups. The purpose of this research is to test the objectives of the program in order to determine the effect on attitudes of those children who viewed the programs compared to children who did not. A posttest-only design is used to examine the differences between the two groups. Sixteen programs are shown only to the experimental group and results are based on information gathered from spontaneous responses made by children while viewing the program and by responses to the instrument designed to test the objectives of the series. In conducting the evaluation, the focus is on four specific questions which encompass most of the stated objectives of the program. It is generally concluded that the program succeeds in affecting intergroup attitudes of children who view the show, but that this does not apply consistently over all of the racial/ethnic groups on which the study focuses. An interpretation of the results as well as a discussion of reactions to major segments of the shows and recommendations with reference to content and presentation for future T.V. productions for children, are included. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Affective Objectives, Attitude Change, Childhood Attitudes, Children, Childrens Games, Childrens Television, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Exchange, Cultural Images, Cultural Isolation, Educational Television, Enrichment Activities, Ethnic Groups, Ethnic Relations, Minority Groups, Primary Education, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Racial Attitudes, Social Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Education Dept., Albany.
Authoring Institution: N/A