Learning to use books and television: An exploratory study in the ecological perspective

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Using Bronfenbrenner's ecological systems theory, this article explores two critical contexts of media use during childhood: the home and the school. Forty-two low-income, minority parents with children attending full-time day care were surveyed to assess children 's access to and use of media within the home, parents ' beliefs about the role of media in children 's development, and parents 'participation in the at-home use of books and television. In addition, observations of the children's school setting and interviews with their teachers were conducted to explore the role of books and television within the classroom. This article considers the unique role media play in the lives of at-risk children and the process by which children are socialized to think about and use media during the first years of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)523-538
Number of pages16
JournalAmerican Behavioral Scientist
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 2005
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)


  • Books
  • Children
  • Ecological theory
  • Preschool learning
  • Television

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