ERIC Number: ED351213
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Using Channel One in Social Studies Classrooms: A First Look.
Ehman, Lee H.
"Channel One" is a 12-minute educational television news program broadcast daily to thousands of schools in the United States each school morning. The purpose of this research project was to study and describe how Channel One is used by social studies teachers and their students in the classroom, and what impact this use had on teachers and students. Three schools in central Indiana (two junior high schools and one senior high school) were the focus of the study. Information was gathered in three forms: interviews with principals and teachers; observations of Channel One broadcasts, ensuing discussion in homerooms, and regular social studies classes; and questionnaires administered to students, parents, and teachers. A brief sketch of two Channel One broadcasts and ensuing discussions in each of the junior high schools is detailed. The study findings cover six areas: Outcomes from using Channel One; Use of Channel One in classrooms; Quality and objectionable content of Channel One programming; Are the Channel One commercials objectionable?; Overall value of Channel One for schools; and Suggestions for improving Channel One programs. The research findings were that: teachers were not making extensive use of Channel One; students were more critical of the quality of Channel One than teachers; and the commercials were viewed by most students, parents, and teachers as non-problematic. A list of questions for further research is included, as is a list of 15 references. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Channel One
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (Washington, DC, November 22, 1991).