ERIC Number: ED381451
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
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Achievement Goals and Current Events Knowledge.
Anderman, Eric M.; Johnston, Jerome
This study examines the effects of school contexts, individual differences, and motivational goals and benefits on current events knowledge. A review of the literature focuses on motivation study of goal theory and self-efficacy. The sample includes 798 students from nine high schools (grades 9-12) in diverse geographical locations and of various socioeconomic levels and who had access to Channel One news programs in the school. Data came from a pre-test and post-test, conducted in February and May 1993. Findings suggest that students who study current events in school or watch TV news in school know more, are more interested, and are more likely to engage in news-seeking behaviors outside of school. The study presents a model which suggests that the relationship between school/contextual factors and current knowledge is mediated by goals, efficacy beliefs and news-seeking behaviors beyond the classroom setting. The question also is raised about the difference between "watching the news" and "studying the news" in the classroom. Contains 43 references. (EH)
Descriptors: Conflict, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Course Content, Critical Thinking, Current Events, High School Students, High Schools, Knowledge Level, Moral Issues, Political Issues, Public Affairs Education, Social Change, Social Problems, Social Studies, Values, World Affairs, World Problems
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Channel One
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994). Research funded by a grant from Whittle Communications.