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“A worthwhile effort.” –The Hindustan Times “Children and Television provides a detailed description of the patterns of representation of different groups on children's television programs (including commercial broadcast, public broadcast, and cable) and their potential consequences for the development of people's worldviews. … Children and Television is a readable and interesting introduction to research on children and television by scholars in a variety of social science disciplines as well as media professions.” Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media “There is much in this collection of 22 essays which will be of interest to anyone concerned with understanding children's interaction with television.” –Media Development “The issues addressed in Children and Television, are of critical importance to us at PBS. Congratulations on completing this thoughtful work. We ...

Cognitive Developmental Influences on Children's Understanding of Television
Cognitive developmental influences on children's understanding of television
CatherineN.Doubleday
KristinL.Droege
Introduction

The decade between the 1972 U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Television and Social Behavior and its update (Pearl, Bouthilet, & Lazar, 1982) produced much of the initial research on how children's cognitive development modifies or influences their understanding of television. Underlying this empirical effort was a shift away from a focus on studies of televised violence and aggressive behavior to a broader range of possible viewer-television interactions (Rubinstein, 1983). Also contributing to this new perspective were beliefs that children do not understand what's on television in the same way adults do (Dorr, 1980, 1986; Noble, 1975) and that greater theoretical complexity in investigating questions of television's influence on children should ...

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