van Vliet, H., Harrison, C. & Anderson, T. (2013). Adult mediation of children's television viewing experiences as a catalyst for learning and development: A case study, using Play School. Early Child Development and Care,183(1), 17-36. United Kingdom: Routledge. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2011.653810
The television programme Play School is screened free to air in Australia on weekdays. Adult presenters guide child viewers through experiences of play and learning. An online survey assessed behavioural responses of adult co-viewers both during and after the programme to ascertain how adult co-viewers were participating in, or support the viewing experience of child viewers. Results revealed a large number and variety of behavioural responses from adults both during and after viewing. These responses can be viewed as positive as they appear to facilitate learning and development through shared interactions between adult and child. This research begins to elucidate how adult behaviours during and after viewing television may optimise the child's learning experience.
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