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ERIC Number: ED159617
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Pages: 56
Abstractor: N/A
Television Viewing and Reading Achievement in Second Grade.
List, Carol
Both teachers and parents assisted in a study of the effect television viewing has on reading achievement. Second-grade teachers in the Montclair (New Jersey) school district identified students who read at least one year above grade level (high achievers) and students who read at primer level or below (low achievers). Parents of these students received letters asking them to complete and return enclosed calendars for the week of December 3, 1977, indicating what television programs their children watched at what times. Parents of five of 36 low achievers and 15 of 41 high achievers returned calendars. The data reveal that low achievers watch an average of 18.7 hours of television per week, while high achievers average 12 hours of television viewing per week, indicating a negative relationship between reading and televiewing. The data also reveal that cartoons, family comedy situations, and holiday specials were the favorite programs of both groups during the survey period. Two recommendations made as a result of the study are to continue this type of research with larger subject populations, and to urge school systems to inform parents of television viewing's benefits and deficits. (RL)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.A. Thesis, Kean College of New Jersey