A Critique: Thomas and Friends

Thomas and Friends has been building an early foundation for the young viewers’ success for more than three decades. It supports children’s socio-emotional interactions, self-efficacy, and problem solving skills (HIT Entertainments & WNET, 2014) using cognitive theories like Social Cognitive Theory (Bandura, 2002) and Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning (Mayer, 2001) to ensure effective learning. Inspiring children to be “really useful,” Thomas and Friends fosters children to take initiative and responsibility on their assignments. However, the animated series should not overlook the significance of playfulness that will extensively help children expand their learning moments.

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