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Educational Effectiveness of Sesame Street: A Review of the First Twenty Years of Research 1969-1989

Murphy, Richard T.
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ETS Research Report
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Educational Television, Literature Reviews, Preschool Children, Program Evaluation, School Readiness, Sesame Street


In this report, we review Sesame Street research studies that focused on the educational effectiveness of the series and provide a summary and synthesis of the results of the research. By educational effectiveness, we mean effectiveness in those areas related to beginning schooling, to the early years of children's formal education. An important goal of Sesame Street was to help children prepare for their initial school experience by exposing them to a variety of rich and appealing examples. Studies that attempt to provide evidence about the successes and/or failures of Sesame Street in that effort are the focus of this review. (48pp.)

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