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ERIC Number: ED166694
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Pages: 33
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Children's Perceptual Unitizing of a Televised Behavior Sequence.
Wartella, Ellen
A total of 100 third and ninth grade students participated in a study to determine how children of different ages perceptually segment a continuing behavior sequence presented on a television program. The children were shown a short segment from a motion picture on a videotape viewer. Following the viewing, the children completed unitizing activities that involved sorting a series of cards into "units of perception." The cards contained "phase units" that described both the visual and auditory content present in the behavior sequence shown in the film. "Units of perception" were defined as the number of phase units the child perceived as belonging to one happening in the filmed sequence. The results revealed that the third grade children used smaller units to segment a televised behavior sequence than did ninth grade children. Supplementary analyses of the patterning of units of perception suggested that such segmentation of the behavior sequence occurred in a nonchance manner for both age groups. (FL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (61st, Seattle, Washington, August 13-16, 1978) ; Pages 26 and 27 will not reproduce clearly