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Connor, Jennifer Marion Louise (1988) Television - a first teacher? : towards a media curriculum. Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

Since the arrival of television in Australia, there has been widespread public concern about its
potentially negative impact on the lives of children.
The question of the relationship between viewing and attitudes, values and behaviour, has been
the focus of clinical and field studies now for over twenty years.
Given the complexity of the messages embedded in television programs, the sophisticated
nature of their transmission and the highly variable contexts of their reception, no definitive
conclusions about cause and effect were possible.
However, there have emerged a number of well-supported trends and a growing body of
knowledge about the role of the viewer and the processes of enculturation. This knowledge
offers a sound basis for the development of Media Studies programs in schools with the aim of
developing informed, discriminating and responsible young viewers.
This paper focuses primarily on children aged approximately four to eight years for whom
appropriate content and teaching strategies for media education have proved somewhat elusive.
It sets out to draw together and to analyse the evidence about television's impact and from this
to derive a rationale for educational intervention.
Alternative constructs for media education are described and the models used in several
programs compared and judged for effectiveness.
From these analyses, a framework for the development of a media education strand in the
curriculum of Tasmanian primary schools is suggested.
A detailed curriculum is not described, but organising principles, learning processes and
teaching strategies are outlined.

Item Type: Thesis (Coursework Master)
Keywords: Television and children, Television in elementary education
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Copyright 1988 the Author - The University is continuing to endeavour to trace the copyright
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Includes bibliographies. Thesis (M.Ed.Stud.)--University of Tasmania, 1990

Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2014 00:45
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