The influence of the Puzzle Place television program on preschoolers' social behavior

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Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

First Committee Member

Arlene Brett - Committee Chair


The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of the Puzzle Place television program, a program designed specifically to develop social skills in preschoolers, on preschooler's behavior. A 2 x 2 Factorial MANOVA was used to examine the mean gain scores of the four treatment groups on each of the four program goals. The treatment groups were (1) those who watched the program and used the accompanying guide, (2) those who used only the guide, (3) those who only watched the television program, and (4) the control group. The four program goals were appreciation of diversity, self-confidence, social skills, and problem solving and decision making.There were no significant gains on the measures of social skills from watching the television program. Use of the guide resulted in significant gains on measures of appreciation of diversity, social skills, and problem solving and decision making. The group of preschoolers who used the Puzzle Place television program along with the accompanying guide did not make greater gain scores in any of the four goal areas than preschoolers in the other three treatment groups.Sample lessons on social skills from the logs kept by the teachers are provided. Recommendations for future research and discussion of the findings are included.


Psychology, Behavioral; Education, Early Childhood; Mass Communications

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