Write a short piece summarising and interpreting
Information in a table adapted from Bandura and his collages.
Part 1: Summarising and interpreting a table:
Bandura et al. carried out a study of the media effects on children who were exposed to aggressive behaviour using three different conditions. These conditions were of model types all performing the same aggressive act in front of the children. A life model – exposing the children to a real life model being aggressive to a large inflated doll, a film model – the children watch a cartoon model carrying out the same aggressive act, in a control condition this is where the children never actually observed any model behaving aggressively.
The levels of aggression was then measured over 10 minutes. This was through a one way mirror, it was recorded to permit thought and careful analysis. The findings of this study were put into four aggression types, imitative, partial imitative, non-imitative aggression and aggressive gun play. The imitative type, was a complete repetitions of the behaviour shown, the partial imitative type, was a more non-aggressive imitation, the non-imitative type were of any aggressive acts performed by the children, but was not observed by them through any of the models, and the aggressive gun play was shooting or gun games.
The study showed that the children observing aggressive acts through the live model, were more inclined to imitate exactly the aggressive behaviour shown to them and that the children observing the acts through the film model were more inclined to show aggressive behaviour, but not an exact replica of what was shown to them. The study also showed the boys displayed more gun play than girls in all conditions, were as the girls would sit on the doll rather that kick or punch it.
Prepare a two- page report in the form of a hand-out for a group of activity leaders in an after school activity club for 5 and 6 year old children.
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