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Ananya Juluri

is watching a documentary better than reading a book?

Sangeetha Pulapaka

 For school going children, watching the dramatization of a novel may encourage viewers to get the book and read it. Similarly, the content of a given program may also compel viewers to write letters to the representatives. Several studies have demonstrated that literacy programs can be successful in changing viewers’ attitudes about reading, writing and math.

For teens, documentaries also can have a powerful impact on how viewers view themselves and their culture. They are powerful mediums to portray any social topic to motivate teens to make a difference.

For the older population, documentaries also can make an important contribution to viewers’ knowledge base.Viewers’ educational background also seems to make a difference in terms of how well information presented on television will be remembered.Facts they recall after reading a book is considerably lesser than their recall after watching a documentary. The higher their educational level,the more information they recall.

Adult viewers perceived it to be easier to learn psychomotor skills and attitudes from watching a documentary and interactive video than from books and computers It has been documented that both children and adults feel more passive, uninvolved, relaxed, and unchallenged during viewing than during many other activities, and report investing less mental effort in learning from television than from print.

Both documentaries and book reading are passive learning. Learning becomes active only when there is an exchange of thoughts and ideas. Longer retention occurs only when there is active learning. Qalaxia is trying to accomplish just that!

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