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Ranwa Hammamy

Hammamy, Ranwa . (2006, December). The value of educational television: Examining the contribution of Dora the Explorer
Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Tickle

Abstract

The role of television in the daily lives of children has been explored for several decades, with investigations focusing on various aspects of the medium. One area of children's programming that has received a great deal of attention is educational television, and whether or not it serves as a valuable educational tool. Many of the investigations examining educational television have studied not only the overall content, but also the contribution of specific shows, such as Sesame Street or Blue's Clues. The current investigation consists of three distinct parts, the first of which is an extensive literature review of the research conducted regarding educational television. The second is a content analysis of the children's program Dora the Explorer, which will be utilized to create the study materials for the third and final portion of the investigation. This third portion is a research proposal designed to examine the educational contribution of Dora the Explorer, which has gained popularity throughout the past few years. This particular show is important to investigate due to several of its unique characteristics, such as the inclusion of audience participation and the regular use of the Spanish language. The current investigation focuses on the influence of repeated exposure to the program on the viewers' ability to learn the lessons presented, and will take the form of four separate studies. This investigation will also attempt to determine whether or not the presence of show-related playtime materials can impact lesson learning from the program Dora the Explorer.


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