ERIC Number: ED216310
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Reading in the Age of Television.
Most educators argue that the time children spend watching television detracts from their homework time and leisure time reading, that television watching cultivates skills different from those needed for print literacy and encourages preference for its easier means of acquiring information, and that television content is often nonintellectual and even antiintellectual. Numerous studies give little indication that activities that seem crucial to the development of reading changed dramatically with the introduction of television into towns that previously had none. Other studies suggest slight declines in reading and academic achievement among brighter students in such towns. No analysis has argued that television information processing skills are antithetical to those required for reading, nor are there data indicating that those who consider television less demanding than reading actually prefer it. There is evidence, however, suggesting (1) that leisure time viewing of television can promote the development of vocabulary and other information processing skills, as well as the understanding of plotline and characterization; and (2) that dramatization of books on television can motivate reading activity. It is apparent that when television is used deliberately to develop print literacy it can do so. (HTH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Claremont Reading Conference (49th, Claremont, CA, January 14-15, 1982).