ERIC Number: ED400579
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-May
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The Role of Books, Television, Computers and Video Games in Children's Day to Day Lives.
Welch, Alicia J.
A study assessed the role of various mass media in the day-to-day lives of school-aged children. Research questions dealt with the nature of children's media experiences at home, how use of media impacts school activities, the social context of media use, interior responses to different media, and whether gender or socioeconomic differences among children figure in media use. Children (all in grades 3 and 4) from opposite ends of Connecticut participated in the study. Respondents were approached through letters sent home--in the first community, children were interviewed at home, in the second community, they were interviewed at school. Children were evenly divided by sex; almost all were white. A broad array of questions was posed. Results showed that children had extensive access to media, including VCRs, cable television, and personal computers. A large number live in media-rich environments. As for media use--books are a nighttime activity, computers are used any time, and entertainment media seems to be an after-school relaxer. How media use impacts school activities is not clear, but the differences in media use among higher and lower achieving children needs to be explored in greater depth. Findings also suggest that the social contexts of media use are many and varied. (Contains 4 tables of data and 20 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Connecticut