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ERIC Number: ED406642
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Pages: 91
Abstractor: N/A
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Evidence of Vocabulary Development in Television Programs for Preschoolers.
Klein, Patti J.
A study explored the vocabulary development available in a variety of current preschoolers' television shows. A quantitative analysis of seven programs on two networks (PBS and Nickelodeon) was undertaken over a total viewing time of 40 hours; a qualitative analysis of techniques used to present vocabulary was also documented for these shows. Comparative analysis of PBS and Nickelodeon showed no significant difference in the amount of vocabulary presented on the two networks. Qualitative analysis indicated that although a variety of techniques were used, most shows employed the same set of techniques repetitively. More generally, the study indicated that (1) the total amount of vocabulary presented for consumption in each episode, show, and network is astounding--the availability for language acquisition is unclear; (2) statistically, the top shows of two major networks were not significantly different in the amount of vocabulary presented; and (3) there was quite a range of quantity presented among the different episodes, even among shows using the same few techniques. The ability to learn from each of the techniques was not part of this study; it is an area needing further development. (Contains 16 references and 3 appendixes of research material.) (TB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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