ERIC Number: ED263635
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-May
Reference Count: 0
Children's Perceptions of Moral Themes in Television Drama.
Christenson, Peter G.
To determine children's perceptions of underlying morals or messages in television drama, a study was conducted in which four early prime time situation comedies were selected for viewing by 15 children per program in kindergarten/first grade, 15 children per program in third/fourth grade, and 8 children per program at the sixth grade level. The children were removed from classrooms in groups of three or four and shown one of the four programs. After viewing the program, the children were taken to another room and interviewed. Almost none of the kindergartners and first graders was able to see a lesson that unified the content of the program, but almost 40% of the sixth graders could correctly identify a lesson. These results suggest that children's ability to identify a moral or lesson may depend on their comprehension of plot and require a higher level of cognitive development. (DF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (35th, Honolulu, HI, May 23-27, 1985).