ERIC Number: ED135332
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Sep-5
Factors Which Predict the Credibility Ascribed to Television.
Leifer, Aimee D.
In an effort to identify critical evaluation skills, interview information is analyzed looking at four types of differences: differences between age groups, differences between children who did and did not change their attitudes after viewing an entertainment program, differences among those who ascribed varying degrees of credibility to television content, and differences among white, black and Puerto Rican subjects. Disconfirmed hypotheses included the importance of the content decided about, the importance in itself of accurate knowledge of the television industry, the type of real/pretend decisions children make, and the adjudged accuracy of children's decisions. The five critical evaluation skills which are tentatively identified are (1) explicit and spontaneous reasoning, (2) readiness to compare television content to outside sources of information, (3) readiness to refer to industry knowledge in reasoning about television content, (4) tendency to find television content more fabricated or inaccurate, and (5) less positive evaluation of television content. (WBC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Child Development (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the American Psychological Association (Washington, D.C., September 5, 1976); For related documents, see IR 004 285-290