ERIC Number: ED390090
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Student and Teacher Perspectives on Channel One: A Qualitative Study of Participants in Massachusetts and Florida Schools.
Barrett, Janice M.
A study of Channel One, the 10 minutes of television news programs and 2 minutes of commercials in classrooms, described the opinions and evaluative comments of participant teachers, librarians, administrators, and students. Individual interviews and focus group discussions were conducted at eight secondary schools (four in Florida and four in Massachusetts) over a 16-month period. Use of Channel One was also observed in the classrooms. Results indicated that the benefits of Channel One are student-heightened interest in geography, current events, and pop quizzes; and that the disadvantages are the commercials, the superficial programming, the intrusion into the school day, the lack of integration into the curriculum, the lack of inclusion of teachers in the policy decision to contract with Channel One, and the superficial television emphasis on visuals, graphics, and motion. Results also indicated that Channel One appeared to be most appropriate for middle school students. Recommendations include involving teachers in the decision-making process regarding Channel One, targeting a middle-school audience, encouraging teachers to develop curriculum units for critical viewing of Channel One, and developing assessment and evaluation procedures for Channel One's use and its effectiveness. (Contains 87 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Channel One; Florida; Massachusetts
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (78th, Washington, DC, August 9-12, 1995).