What am I feeling? Using television to effectively teach emotion knowledge to preschoolers
Cameron L. Caswell, George Mason University, United States
George Mason University . Awarded
This study examined the effectiveness of using television to teach preschoolers about emotions. Fifty-six three- and four-year-old children (30 boys and 26 girls) participated, all from preschools and daycare programs in Fairfax and Loudoun County, Virginia. Children's emotion knowledge was assessed using four measures, which presented emotions at a varying degree of complexity. The children were tested one week prior to the intervention, the What Am I Feeling? show, and one week after. Results show that the intervention had a positive impact on children's ability to identify emotions on two of the four measures. After watching the intervention, children improved at identifying sadness on the Puppet Measure Receptive task, especially the girls, and improved at identifying anger on the Emotion Photo Measure. The implications of using television to teach emotional knowledge to children are discussed.
Caswell, C.L. What am I feeling? Using television to effectively teach emotion knowledge to preschoolers. Ph.D. thesis, George Mason University.
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