Magazine reading plays an important role in young people’s daily media diet. Although young people report seeking loads of scientific information from e-magazine sources, little is known about the frequency and nature of scientific information in e- magazines targeted to young audiences. Against this backdrop, this paper presents a content analysis of two science e- Magazines. This content analysis explores the presentation and content of two popular science e- magazines for children. Articles were analyzed for definition, concepts, experiments, illustrations, examples, cost effective working model guide for effective understanding, expert opinion on various complicated issues and feedback for the queries and suggestion from the readers. Analyses were also conducted to find the attractiveness and graphics explaining various concepts, readability and viewer ship of the content. Findings demonstrated that magazines contained a variety of science related topics which invited a great deal of comments and discussions in the forums. The scientific magazines taken for analysis were for young children who have started exploring the world of science.

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Efficacy of e-magazine in enlightening children

J Jeba   Dept of Educational Technology, Bharathidasan University

N Sandhiyaa   Dept of Educational Technology, Bharathidasan University

Magazine reading plays an important role in young people’s daily media diet. Although young people report seeking loads of scientific information from e-magazine sources, little is known about the frequency and nature of scientific information in e- magazines targeted to young audiences. Against this backdrop, this paper presents a content analysis of two science e- Magazines. This content analysis explores the presentation and content of two popular science e- magazines for children. Articles were analyzed for definition, concepts, experiments, illustrations, examples, cost effective working model guide for effective understanding, expert opinion on various complicated issues and feedback for the queries and suggestion from the readers. Analyses were also conducted to find the attractiveness and graphics explaining various concepts, readability and viewer ship of the content. Findings demonstrated that magazines contained a variety of science related topics which invited a great deal of comments and discussions in the forums. The scientific magazines taken for analysis were for young children who have started exploring the world of science.

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