ERIC Number: ED348032
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Channel One News in the Classroom: Does It Make a Difference?
Thompson, Merton E.; And Others
This study examined the impact of Channel One programming (i.e., television news/information programs directed toward students ages 12 to 18) on students and teachers in a school district in Minnesota. Primary objectives of the study were to: (1) determine if a correlation exists between the reception of Channel One programming and knowledge of current events; (2) determine if a correlation exists between the reception of Channel One programming and ability to position U.S. locations on an outline map; and (3) assess attitudes toward Channel One commercials. An experimental group of 449 students in grades 6 through 12 and 27 teachers from 3 public school receiving Channel One and a control group of 404 students and 25 teachers from 3 public schools not receiving Channel One were surveyed. Identical surveys testing knowledge of current events and U.S. geography were administered to all participants, and an attitude survey on commercials was administered to the experimental group. Results indicated that Channel One programming has a positive impact on geography skills and that commercials are tolerated as a part of the packaging. A positive impact on knowledge of current events was also found, although this finding was not statistically significant. The report includes several data tables. (MES)
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Commercial Television, Comparative Analysis, Correlation, Current Events, Educational Television, Intermediate Grades, Locational Skills (Social Studies), News Media, Programing (Broadcast), School Surveys, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Tables (Data), Teacher Attitudes, Television Commercials
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Channel One; Minnesota
Note: In: Proceedings of Selected Research and Development Presentations at the Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology and Sponsored by the Research and Theory Division; see IR 015 706.