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Television plays an important role in the lives of American children today. In addition to providing entertainment for children, television has an impact on children's learning both in school and outside of school. In November 1993, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting acquired data about children's viewpoints about television usage for classroom learning from the 1993 Youth Monitor, a study of 1,200 children ages 6-17 through an in-home interview of randomly selected households in the United States. Results indicate: (1) television and video is used frequently in schools--nearly 40% of all children see television or video at least once per week in school, with even higher usage in rural areas; (2) students who view a lot of television are more likely to report lower grades; (3) the group of students who are most likely to want to go to college are those with the lightest television viewing; (4) television is the number one source for children for news and current events; (5) 72.4% of children cited television as a source of information about new breakfast cereals; (6) public television was mentioned by students as the second most frequently viewed channel in schools, and dominated the list of teachers' most frequently used programs; and (7) whether viewing public television at home or at school, kids have connected public television with education. (SWC)

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adolescents, Audience Response, Children, College Bound Students, Current Events, Educational Television, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Materials, National Surveys, Programming (Broadcast), Public Television, Student Attitudes, Television Viewing

Autor: Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Washington, DC.


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