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Jalan Sesama: Introducing math and literacy skills to young Indonesian children

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In 2007, prior to the launch of Jalan Sesama, the research team conducted a small-scale baseline study that examined the literacy and math skills of preschool-aged children in Indonesia. The study concluded that there was a need to expose young children to literacy and math content at an early age, particularly for children in lower socioeconomic levels. With this study as a backdrop, the Jalan Sesama production team created segments devoted to teaching these skills while drawing upon both Indonesian culture and popular culture: GatotKata is an animated segment designed to introduce children to new words and letters, and Secret Agent 123 conveys math and problem solving concepts.

The value of these segments have been borne out through empirical research: An experimental study conducted by John Hopkins University aimed to assess the educational impact of Jalan Sesama on children in Indonesia. The study comprised 160 children ages 3 to 6 who were randomly assigned to three exposure groups: no exposure, low exposure (watched once a week) and high exposure (watched 3-4 times a week). Children watched episodes from the series over a period of 14 weeks, and their skills in a variety of domains were assessed before and after exposure. The study found that children who had high exposure to Jalan Sesama performed better in tests of literacy and math skills than those who had no exposure. The research provides evidence that a well-designed media intervention can positively impact young children in Indonesia.

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television, Sesame Street, Indonesia
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Zuhdi, Muhammad. "Jalan Sesama: Introducing math and literacy skills to young Indonesian children" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p487561_index.html>

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Zuhdi, M. "Jalan Sesama: Introducing math and literacy skills to young Indonesian children" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p487561_index.html

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Abstract: In 2007, prior to the launch of Jalan Sesama, the research team conducted a small-scale baseline study that examined the literacy and math skills of preschool-aged children in Indonesia. The study concluded that there was a need to expose young children to literacy and math content at an early age, particularly for children in lower socioeconomic levels. With this study as a backdrop, the Jalan Sesama production team created segments devoted to teaching these skills while drawing upon both Indonesian culture and popular culture: GatotKata is an animated segment designed to introduce children to new words and letters, and Secret Agent 123 conveys math and problem solving concepts.

The value of these segments have been borne out through empirical research: An experimental study conducted by John Hopkins University aimed to assess the educational impact of Jalan Sesama on children in Indonesia. The study comprised 160 children ages 3 to 6 who were randomly assigned to three exposure groups: no exposure, low exposure (watched once a week) and high exposure (watched 3-4 times a week). Children watched episodes from the series over a period of 14 weeks, and their skills in a variety of domains were assessed before and after exposure. The study found that children who had high exposure to Jalan Sesama performed better in tests of literacy and math skills than those who had no exposure. The research provides evidence that a well-designed media intervention can positively impact young children in Indonesia.


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