ERIC Number: ED349579
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug-8
Reference Count: N/A
Creating the Culture of Journalism.
Irby, Janet R.
The high school journalism classroom provides a natural environment for learning in the context of a discipline's culture. This environment can provide the backdrop for moving the student toward the thinking and behavior of professional journalists. To understand this thinking, journalism teachers can turn to the research in cognitive psychology which has identified automaticity and complex problem solving abilities as characteristics of expert skills. Social constructivism also sheds light on the collaborative nature of journalism. A description of specific teaching strategies for the journalism classroom illustrates a model for teaching high school journalism which involves: (1) understanding the thinking and culture of professionals; (2) creating a classroom environment that fosters expert-like thinking and group interaction; and (3) implementing teaching strategies that assess students' preconceptions about journalism and enable students to confront these preconceptions and build new concepts that move them toward expert thinking. (Thirty-one references are attached.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Journalists; Social Constructivism
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (75th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 5-8, 1992).