ERIC Number: ED366156
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Some Children under Some Conditions: TV and the High Potential Kid. TV and Kids: Research-Based Decision Making Series, Number 9206.
This monograph examines the relationship between intellectually gifted children and television and summarizes research on this subject, primarily conducted by Project KIDVID at Cleveland (Ohio) State University. After an introduction and discussion of the available scientific literature, research-supported facts and related questions are presented concerning the following: (1) television viewing habits; (2) program comprehension; (3) commercial advertising; (4) program preferences; (5) perceived reality; (6) parental mediation; (7) governmental mediation; and (8) instructional opportunities. Resulting research-based guidelines are offered. First, although young gifted children spend significantly more hours watching television than same-age peers, this does not necessarily warrant parental concern. Second, parents should be sure programming matches the child's capability to follow the story line and is sufficiently challenging. Third, younger children should avoid program-length commercials. Fourth, pay television (cable, video, rentals) currently provides the most reliable supply of quality children's programs. Fifth, primetime commercial television offers inadequate and inappropriate role models for gifted children. Sixth, the most effective forms of parental mediation are purposeful program selection and coviewing with the child. Seventh, parents should become involved in influencing the quality and quantity of local children's programming. Eighth, television in the classroom has a place in gifted education. An appendix lists 14 television-related activities. (Contains 33 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Age Differences, Child Rearing, Childrens Television, Comprehension, Critical Viewing, Educational Television, Elementary Secondary Education, Government Role, Mass Media Effects, Mass Media Role, Mass Media Use, Parent Role, Television Commercials, Television Viewing
NRC/GT, The University of Connecticut, 362 Fairfield Rd., U-7, Storrs, CT 06269-2007.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, Storrs, CT.