1. The Home of Television Viewing.
2. Television and Individual Development.
3. Television and the Behavior of Children.
4. Television and the Social Construction of Reality.
5. Television and Learning.
6. Implications for Education and Policy.
7. Conclusion: Growing up in a Global Screen Culture.
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"Dafna Lemish offers up an overview of everything you ever wanted to know about children and television."
"Children and Television is a very nicely crafted text that
chronicles the integration of television into the lives of children and their
families over the past 50 years. Given its accessible style, the text
should have appeal within the academic community and among the lay
public. In fact, the latter stand to gain the most in terms of better
understanding, from a scientifically substantiated vantage point, of how
television has fit into children's lives today and how it will prepare them
for the inevitable integration of more sophisticated media forms into
their lives tomorrow." PsycCRITIQUES
- Offers an integrative view on children and television from the accumulated global literature in this field of the last 50 years.
- Combines both the American tradition, influenced heavily by the developmental psychological studies, as well as the European tradition, characterized by a more sociological and cultural studies perspective to the field.
- Draws together a methodological diversity from both the quantitative- experimental and survey research, together with the qualitative- ethnographic and interview research of children and television.
- Highlights the global perspective in each of the chapters, balancing the need to contextualize television in children's lives in their unique cultural spaces, as well as searching for universal understandings that hold true for children around the world.