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ERIC Number: ED408996
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Pages: 10
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A Preliminary Study on Children's Understanding of a Visual Used in Television Interviews.
Comuntzis-Page, Georgette
This study examines children's interpretations of a visual convention used in television interviews and incorporates as a framework Flavell's theory of the development sequence of understanding television (1990). Thirty-four children were individually shown a videotape of two people talking in an interview on a television news program. Children answered questions about who sees what and what's "really and truly" happening in the visual. The children were also engaged in a task which determined their levels of perspective-taking ability and their idea of what people look like when they talk to each other in three-dimensional, real- world situations. Performances revealed age to be significant. Other factors (sex, perspective taking, and understanding conventions of conversation in the three-dimensional world) were questionable. The researcher speculates that using a different videotaped segment would yield more significant results. Findings relate to previous studies by Comuntzis-Page and others on children's interpretations of television's formal features. Findings also pertain to the work of Flavell and other developmentalists on perspective taking and appearance-reality phenomena. (Contains 24 references.) (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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