Does the number of hours students spend watching television affect their school performance?

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Juliana Pereira
Maths project – Introduction

Does the number of hours students spend watching television affect their school performance?

Many researchers have looked at the effect oftelevision on school performance; however, most of the research has been done in preschool children. Researchers have come to different conclusions, depending on what they analyzed. Two main and mostimportant areas of research are "screen time" – which is that amount of hours the student spend watching television - and "content" – which includes what exactly they watch. - One investigation that I foundon the internet, followed some children over many years found that girls who watched more hours of television when they were preschoolers ended up with worse grades during high school; on the otherhand, boys who watched more television ended up with better grades. When they looked at content, the researchers found that girls (but not boys) who watched violent shows as preschoolers ended up withworse grades in high school; but for both girls and boys, kids who watched educational programs as preschoolers ended up with better grades in high school.
The main task of this project is to find outif the amount of hours students spend (per day) watching television and the content of the television program they watch, affects or not their school grades and afterwards compare my results with theconclusions of previous researches. I choose this topic because I actually spend a large amount of hours watching television everyday and I was curious to know if this has any affects on my schoolgrades. My aim is also to try to find the average amount of hours that young people watch television.
Throughout my project, I gather the necessary data by producing a questioner, and asking studentsfrom the British School of Rio de Janeiro to answer the questions. I intend to ask twenty (ten male and ten female) students from each year group to fill out the questionnaire. All the high school...
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