Anime: An Alternative Learning Medium

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Thesis: Anime, frequently seen on television channels, is an alternative medium of learning of prosocial behavior and aggression reduction, provided that parents supervised their watching to prevent obesity, aggression and social stereotyping.
Montessori said that at the age of children of three to six years old, Children acquired learning on their conscious choice. This process of learning is called, the period of conscious work. Montessori also added that at this point of their life, they have longer attention span, starves for more knowledge, and learn more quickly and effectively. This is maybe the most crucial point of their life for their mind, moral and values will be molded; thus, the influences, intrafamiliar and extrafamiliar, must be substantial and helpful in their development. (The Absorbent Mind, n.d.)
There are two influences that can affect a child development; the intrafamiliar and extrafamiliar influences. Intrafamiliar is the influence of the family, friends and peers around us while extra familiar are the effect of different medium such as the television. Television is one of the most common household appliance and was easier to attract a child attention due to its colorful and lively sounds. In fact, Mussen and his colleague pondered that the television shows capture a child attention by its humor, character movement, sound effects and auditory changes, children and women voices and animation. Lingat showed in her thesis that the program that tops on capturing a child’s attention is cartoon (Lingat, 1999; Mussen et. al., 1990). Thus, anime can be used to influence children good attitude and could allow bonding time with their parents.
Cartoon and anime is the same but Anime is a Japanese animation inte...

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