Children's recall of the news: TV news stories compared with three print versions

Juliette H. Walma van der Molen, Tom H.A. van der Voort

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A partial replication study was conducted comparing children's recall of news stories presented via television and via print. Unlike the procedure in previous experiments, television news stories were compared not only with literal transcripts of the television narratives, but also with two different "real" newspaper versions written by journalists. In addition, the study investigated whether the relative effectiveness of television and print in conveying news information was dependent on children's reading proficiency. A sample of 144 fourth and sixth graders was presented with a sequence of five children's news stories, either in their original television form or in one of the three print versions. The results of a cued-recall test indicated that children who watched the news on television remembered the stories better than children who read one of the three print versions, regardless of their level of reading proficiency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-52
Number of pages14
JournalEducational technology research and development
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Educational Technology
  • Replication Study
  • Sixth Grader
  • News Story
  • Partial Replication


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