ERIC Number: ED259716
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Film and Interest: An Analysis of Elementary School Childrens' Preferences for the Liveliest Art.
Cox, Carole A.
This study sought to: (1) identify and describe the interest patterns of fourth and fifth grade children as they pertain to the content and form of the short art film, based on preferences expressed by the children themselves after actually viewing the films; (2) compare the interest patterns of children according to sex and race/socioeconomic status; and (3) compare boys' and girls' interest patterns with teachers' judgments of their interest patterns. Twenty-four short art films were rated by 218 children in 12 fourth and fifth grade self-contained classrooms in two elementary schools in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; one was an all black Chapter 1 school and one an all white non-Chapter 1 school. After viewing each film, the child was asked to rate the film on a questionnaire developed for the study and to rank order the four films seen each week in order of preference to determine whether or not children have a preference for a certain film form or technique. The same questionnaire form used by the children was also used by participating teachers to indicate how they thought their students would rank them. It was found that children like films with real children in stories about their daily lives; narrative/live action films were the most popular. Neither sex, race, nor socioeconomic status was closely associated with film interest. Finally, teachers proved to be relatively accurate in predicting their students' interests. Tables of supporting data, a copy of the questionnaire, and a list of references are appended. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education Consolidation Improvement Act Chapter 1