TV teacher

Published: Thursday 15 May 1997

Children absorb more information by watching TV than by reading, says a study done by Juliette Walma van der Molen and Tom van der Voort of Leiden University in the Netherlands. Five news stories were distributed among 152 children aged 10-12 years. Half the children received information from the original televised form, while the other half were given printed transcripts of the story. The televised film was shown for two minutes while the printed material was allowed as long as the child wanted. When queried afterwards, 51 per cent of those who saw TV answered correctly while only 42 per cent of the reading group was right.

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