ERIC Number: EJ1046403
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Are Educational Shows Teaching Our Children to Become Life-Long Learners?
Sullins, Jeremiah; Howard, Tiffany; Goza, Kimberly
Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, v23 n4 p385-400 Oct 2014
The purpose of this study was to investigate various textual characteristics of popular children television shows. More specifically, researchers examined both the quantity and quality of question asked (i.e., question training). Furthermore, several readability components among the different shows (e.g., narrativity, syntactic simplicity, referential cohesion, deep cohesion and word concreteness) were explored. Results revealed that not all shows are equal when it comes to the amount of question training that is available during an episode. It was also discovered that most of the shows do share similar, although counterintuitive, patterns regarding the different readability components.
Descriptors: Lifelong Learning, Children, Television Research, Programming (Broadcast), Popular Culture, Investigations, Questioning Techniques, Readability, Content Analysis, Educational Environment, Educational Television, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices, Mass Media Effects
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