Media and Learning about the Social World

Authored by: Jeanne Prinsloo

The Routledge International Handbook of Children, Adolescents and Media

Print publication date:  May  2013
Online publication date:  July  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415783682
eBook ISBN: 9780203366981
Adobe ISBN: 9781134060559


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It is surprising that there has been a relative scarcity of research into the relationship between the media and children learning about the social world, given the amount of attention devoted to the potential ill effects of the media and the anxiety this gives rise to in popular debates. This concern is premised on the assumption that children learn from the media and so they impact on their ideas, attitudes, values, sets of behaviours, and even desires. At the heart of this is an anxiety about what precisely children are learning from the media as a consequence of the time and attention they devote to them.

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