ERIC Number: ED366537
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Channel One in Social Studies: Three Years Later.
Ehman, Lee H.
This paper discusses Channel One, a 12 minute education television news program broadcast to over 12,000 schools in the United States each school morning. The programming adds over 30 hours of potential information during the school year, most of it related to social studies purposes. Because Channel One is viewed by all students, teachers can count on a common basis for discussion and other class work. Channel One has the potential for putting all students at the same starting point with basic news information. How this opportunity is utilized depends greatly on teachers. The purpose of this research was to study and describe how Channel One is perceived by social studies teachers, their students, and their parents, and how it is used in the classroom. The study compared questionnaire data from the 1990-91 and 1992-93 school years. The paper summarizes findings from nine previous research reports. A consistent picture emerged showing administrators were most positive about Channel One, followed by teachers, parents, and students. This study resulted in two patterns: (1) in both years teachers were more positive about depth of coverage on Channel One than were students, and the disparity was very large; and (2) while students' attitudes were very stable across the two years, the teachers showed some erosion from 1991 to 1993 in their assessment of depth. The two studies showed a dramatic negative change over the 2 years for teachers in their assessment of the competence of Channel One commentators. Attitudes were positive for quality of programming and general worth for both students and teachers. (DK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Channel One
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (Nashville, TN, November 19, 1993).