Children versus curriculum: who wins?

Haeusler, Carole and Donovan, Jennifer and Venville, Grady (2020) Children versus curriculum: who wins? In: Curriculum, schooling and applied research: challenges and tensions for researchers. Palgrave Studies in Education Research Methods. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Cham, Switzerland, pp. 143-164. ISBN 978-3-030-48821-5


Abstract

Today’s children live in a world surrounded by the mass media, encountering scientific words and ideas early in life. Jakab (2013) found 8 year olds had everyday understandings of molecules, and that some of this knowledge came from the mass media. Recent research involving Jenny Donovan and Grady Venville, using samples located in three Australian states, further highlighted this. The 141 children who completed a survey on their use of mass media were found to spend an average of 5 hours 10 minutes with the mass media daily, of which just over 2 hours was with television (TV). Despite being aged 10–12 years, 79% of the children watched crime shows rated for ages 15+, particularly NCIS, Bones, Law & Order, The Mentalist and CSI. Of the 62 interviewees, 89% knew of DNA, 60% knew of genes, and 97% knew or surmised that humans have DNA. Although the interviewees had minimal knowledge of the biological nature and function of DNA, 77% related DNA to solving crime, 65% related it to identification and family relationships (e.g. adoption, unknown soldiers, paternity) and 31% related it (particularly genes) to disease. The interviewees recognised TV as the source of their knowledge, citing particular TV shows.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2021 04:44
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2021 22:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: children; mass media; television; TV
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390304 Primary education
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390113 Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390102 Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1603 Teaching and curriculum > 160303 Teacher and instructor development
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1603 Teaching and curriculum > 160302 Pedagogy
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160103 Primary education
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-48822-2_7
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/42196

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