First – What is a research paper? Is it the same as a discussion? Plan on researching this paper, editing it, and properly citing your sources. See Intro module for resources.
The Hidden Curriculum
Ah, the hidden curriculum. Do you realize that you have been socialized from the books you read, the TV shows you watched (and continue to watch), the commercials you viewed, and by all of your favorite Disney (or other) movies? Disney movies are never violent, right? Just ask Simba or Mulan. ( this is sarcasm)
The media you consumed as a child influenced your ideas on gender, race, and even your thoughts on and sensitivity to viewing violence. How could this be? What are the impacts to our beliefs and our relationships with others based on the media we consumed?
I want you to dive deeper and do a some research.
You will pick a topic — children’s storybooks, children’s movies, children’s TV shows, or children’s toy product commercials (choose one). In your research, you will discuss how you think that form of media influences children’s ideas on one of the following: sexism, racism, or violence.
For example, reading fairy tales, such as “Sleeping Beauty” influences boys and girls to think what about gender roles in what ways?
Or, what if you are Latino and every TV program you watched only depicted white families and never depicted people or a family that looked like yours — what messages do children learn?
Please stick to ONE topic – children’s books, TV shows, movies, or commercials and ONE impact – sexism, racism, or violence. For example: storybooks and sexism, or children’s movie and violence, or children’s movies and racism.
Use the Pierce College library page to research the topic. MANY researchers have studied your topic already. Be sure to include this research in your paper.
Your Research Paper:
Your paper should be at least five paragraphs.
What form of media did you choose and which topic? Why did you choose this topic?
What previous research did you find (completed by someone else)? What did the researchers find?
How are children socialized by this form of media?
What were your personal experiences with this form of media and topic?
In conclusion, give five suggestions for change to media for children and/or suggestions for parents regarding childrens exposure to specific media.
Do not plagiarize. Be sure to cite your sources.
What did your classmates find that you found interesting and meaningful? Did you learn something new?