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ERIC Number: ED209696
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Effect of Ridiculing a Model on Children's Imitation of Televised Instruction.
Bryant, Jennings; And Others
A study tested the effectiveness of ridicule as an educational and social corrective in children's educational television programs. Arbitrary activities involving a novel object were presented to 69 four-year-old and 83 six-year-old children via videotaped presentations and demonstrations. In each of three types of motivational message (ridicule, command, suggestion), a highly specific action was discouraged, another was encouraged, and a third was unmotivated. Subject gender was employed as an additional factor. The frequency with which subjects played with the novel object as discouraged, encouraged, and unmotivated was assessed. Four-year-old children consistently responded most effectively to correction when commands were given. In contrast, six-year-old children were most responsive to ridicule, followed by suggestion. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.