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ERIC Number: ED141764
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Reading with Commercial Television Viewed at Home: An Evaluation.
Mason, George E.
This report reviews research and opinion concerning the teaching of reading with in-school television and describes a commercially televised reading program for sixth and seventh grade Duval County (Jacksonville, Florida) schoolchildren, who watched television at home, but who received correlated instruction in school classes. Pretest and posttest data were taken from a stratified sampling of approximately 1870 students. Analyses of the data indicate that the three-week, twelve-episode program increased vocabulary and words-in-context scores, but did not increase comprehension or reading-attitude scores. Opinions of a sample of the participating teachers were obtained by structured interviews and are reported in the study. The report concludes that televised instruction of this sort could both motivate and teach, especially when accompanied by in-classroom instruction, and that television program scripts, such as ones used in the featured study, are a valuable tool for the reading teacher. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Report prepared at University of Georgia