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Can TV Shows Teach Science?

January 28, 2009

“…“CSI” has “led to positive outcomes in terms of viewers’ awareness and interest” in forensics.

“The National Research Council study found the strongest evidence that educational TV, through such shows as “Bill Nye the Science Guy” and “3-2-1 Contact,” can positively influence children’s knowledge of science. In one study cited in the report, children who watched Mr. Nye’s show were able to provide more complete and complex explanations of scientific concepts and could better generate scientific ideas.

Education Week, “Informal Experiences Can Go a Long Way in Teaching Science: NRC Study Points to Benefits from TV and Games” by Sean Cavanagh, 1/28/09

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