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Mass Media and Young Children's Development


by Aletha Huston Stein 1972

Recently, public and professional attention has focused on the few television programs designed to contribute positively to the development of cognitive and social skills. Simultaneously, empirical literature devoted to observational learning and imitation has burgeoned in the field of child development. In the following discussion, direct studies of the media are integrated with those of imitative learning in order to draw conclusions and implications concerning media effects on "young children," that is, those of preschool and early elementary school age. The review is restricted to studies of publicly distributed media, primarily television and films, which are the subject of most publications.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 71, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 73 Number 6, 1972, p. 181-202
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19513, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 12:32:25 PM

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  • Aletha Stein
    Pennsylvania State University
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    ALETHA HUSTON STEIN is an Associate Professor in the College of Human Development at Pennsylvania State University.
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