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ERIC Number: ED402024
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Children's Television Programmes in a Qualitative Perspective.
Hake, Karin
When there is something we want to know, we usually ask experts, but rarely do we ask children about their own childhood. This paper looks at children's perceptions and responses in relation to programming on children's television. Topics include: (1) what are children's programs?; (2) when do children become adults?; (3) criteria for quality; (4) operationalization; (5) children's TV in a child's perspective; and (6) fascination and television. Results from observations of children's television viewing are then listed, including the following: (1) programs with children in leading parts gained the most interest; (2) concrete stories, with a dramatic climax or a change in rhythm, gained more interest than program sequences with a concrete story; (3) watching together with other children increased children's attention and was a positive communication factor; (4) when the story had a simple, logical development, the children seemed to grasp better the relationship and continuity between different sequences and the story line; and (5) sequences whereby the children could associate their own experiences increased their fascination. Following this list of observations, the paper explores the question: "Who Defines Quality: Experts and Parents or Children and Youngsters?" The paper concludes by noting that it will be a challenge for the future to analyze and evaluate the importance of the various perspectives of both children and adults, and that "children and youngsters prefer a fascinating story rather than a programme loaded with explicit explanations." (WJC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Norway