ERIC Number: ED340498
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
What Research Indicates about the Educational Effects of "Sesame Street."
Children's Television Workshop, New York, NY.
This paper reviews the results of several studies that examined the educational effects of Sesame Street. Three studies by the Educational Testing Service on Sesame Street's first two seasons determined that among children who watched Sesame Street, those who watched the most scored highest on an achievement measure; frequent viewers made more cognitive gains than infrequent viewers; and teachers rated viewers as better prepared for school than nonviewers. Results from two longitudinal studies indicated that Sesame Street viewing predicted improved vocabulary scores, and Sesame Street elicited more verbal responses from children while they were viewing the show than did other shows. Results from other studies showed that Sesame Street viewing produced substantial gains in children's vocabulary, letter and number recognition, and printed word identification; and preschoolers who viewed Sesame Street learned to cooperate better than did nonviewers. A survey of mothers of preschool children indicated that mothers were pleased with Sesame Street's educational benefits for their children. A study of the effectiveness of a Turkish version of Sesame Street determined that children made significant developmental gains after watching the series for 6 months. (BC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Children's Television Workshop, New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: Turkey (Ankara)
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A