ERIC Number: ED256340
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Children's Learning from Broadcast Television: The Relationship between the Amount of Time a Child Watches Television with and without Adults and That Child's Learning from Television.
Storm, Susan Ruotsala
A study examined young children's learning from selected television program content in varied subject matter and the relationship between that learning and the amount of time a child watches television with and without adults. A 28-item learning test based on instructional design principles was developed from selected television segments and administered to 261 kindergarten through second-grade children. Independent variables included age, sex, level in school, television viewing hours with and without an adult, birth order, family composition, and parents' education. A questionnaire was sent to parents/guardians of all subjects. Results indicate that the amount of viewing that children do with adults makes a difference in how well they understand what is viewed; subjects whose adults in the home had more education watched less television, usually had fewer siblings, did better in school, and learned more from the selected television programming, especially programming designed to teach content traditionally taught in elementary schools; and the amount of viewing, sex, birth order, and family size were not related to the amount of a child's cognitive learning from television. Twenty-seven references are listed. (LMM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (Anaheim, CA, January 17-23, 1985). For entire proceedings, see IR 011 621.