ERIC Number: EJ885311
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
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When Babies Watch Television: Attention-Getting, Attention-Holding, and the Implications for Learning from Video Material
Courage, Mary L.; Setliff, Alissa E.
Developmental Review, v30 n2 p220-238 Jun 2010
The recent increase in the availability of infant-directed video material (e.g., "Baby Einstein") and the corresponding increase in the amount of time that infants and toddlers spend viewing them have prompted concern among parents and professionals that these media might impede aspects of cognitive and social development. In contrast, supporters and producers of these media contend that, as has been shown with preschool children, age-appropriate videos with carefully selected educational content can provide an opportunity to support and enhance early learning. The scientific evidence for these opposing views is reviewed, evaluated, and interpreted in a developmental framework.
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Social Development, Child Development, Television Viewing, Cognitive Development, Video Technology, Models, Evaluation Methods, Comparative Analysis, Infants
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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