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Growing Up With Television: Everyday Learning Among Young Adolescents


reviewed by Alexander W. Wiseman — 2003

coverTitle: Growing Up With Television: Everyday Learning Among Young Adolescents
Author(s): Joellen Fisherkeller
Publisher: Temple University Press, Philadelphia
ISBN: 1566399521, Pages: 248, Year: 2002
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Growing Up With Television by JoEllen Fisherkeller is an ethnographic exploration of the impact that television culture has on child and adolescent learning and development. Fisherkeller’s emphasis on the impact of television culture is distinct from the more often discussed influence of popular media on youth-related social problems such as juvenile crime, teen pregnancy, and illiteracy. While this distinction provides Fisherkeller with a new frame for a much discussed topic, it will disappoint those readers expecting Growing Up With Television to embrace the standard television-youth problems debates. The research and scholarship behind Growing Up With Television is solidly ethnographic. To explore the impact of television culture, Fisherkeller selected a school and began looking for any information or discussions related to television. Eventually, she selected several focal participants to interview and interact with on the topic of television and its influence. The cases of three of those participants (Marina, Christopher, and Samantha) make up the bulk of Growing Up With Television. The exploration of television in the lives of adolescents... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 7, 2003, p. 1345-1347
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11108, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 7:34:28 AM

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  • Alexander Wiseman
    The University of Tulsa
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    ALEXANDER W. WISEMAN is Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Tulsa. His areas of specialization are comparative education, school management, and education policy analysis.
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