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"G" is for Growing
New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2001
LC6579 .S47 G58 2001
In November 1999, the children's educational program Sesame Street celebrated its 30-year anniversary. This innovative program - which began with the mission of preparing preschool children for school - has become a cultural icon, entertaining and enlightening children throughout the United States and around the world.
This volume - a collection and synthesis of key research studies since the program's inception more than three decades ago - serves as a marker of the significant role that Sesame Street plays in the education and socialization of young children. Editors Shalom M. Fisch and Rosemarie T. Truglio have included contributions from academics and researchers associated with Sesame Street, creating a resource that describes the processes by which educational content and research are integrated into production, reviewing major studies of impact of Sesame Street on children, and examining the extension of Sesame Street into other cultures and media. In the course of this discussion, the volume also explores broader topics, including methodological issues in conducting media-based research with young children, the longitudinal impact of preschoolers' viewing of educational versus non-educational television, and cross-cultural differences in treatment of educational content.
As the first substantive book on Sesame Street research in more than two decades, "G" is for Growing provides insight into the research process that informed the development of the program and offers valuable guidelines for the integration of research into future educational endeavors. Intended for readers of media studies, children and media, developmental studies, and education, this work is an exceptional chronicle of the growth and processes behind what is arguably the most influential program in children's educational television.
Quoted from dust jacket.