The Library of Congress has declared 1989 the "Year of the Young Reader," and the Public Broadcasting Service hopes to advance that theme through a number of activities undertaken by its elementary/secondary service division.
In partnership with the library's Center for the Book, PBS is distributing a list of related readings for instructional programs aired on its stations, such as "The Second Voyage of the Mimi," a science and mathematics series about the expeditions of a converted French tuna trawler, and "The Big A," a series about art for students in the primary grades.
The reading list will appear in the 1989 School Programming Catalog, distributed to public television stations and educators. The Elementary/Secondary Service Clearinghouse will also promote reading through its "tune-in guides."
The guides provide program descriptions, information on recording rights, lists of related educational materials, and viewing tips to help teachers plan coordinated classroom assignments.
PBS is also involved in an effort to help educators make better use of educational videos. A booklet entitled "Instructional Television in the Classroom: The Principal's Agenda" provides information on such topics as access to videos, funding, equipment, and copyright laws.
The project is being undertaken in conjunction with KQED Instructional Television Services in San Francisco.
PBS will make available to local stations and interested educators a computer-disk copy of the booklet for use on an ibm or Macintosh computer. Copies can be obtained for $10 each by writing to the PBS Elementary/Secondary Service, 1320 Braddock Place, Alexandria, Va. 22314.
Copies in printed form are available for $3 each from KQED Instructional Television Services, 500 Eighth St., San Francisco, Calif. 94103.
According to a recent survey, teachers think their students have too much exposure to mass media, but they say that attempts to discuss the subject in the classroom are thwarted by a lack of time and materials.
The survey of 373 San Francisco-area elementary-school teachers, conducted by Strategies for Media Literacy, found that 86.6 percent of the teachers would like to include lessons on the media more often, but lacked the time or the teaching materials.
More than two-thirds of the teachers thought students spend too much time in media-related pursuits. They ranked television as the chief media preoccupation of their students, followed by video and computer games, movies, radio, records, magazines, and newspapers.--mw