ERIC Number: ED396709
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-May-20
Reference Count: N/A
Channel One and CNN Newsroom: A Comparative Study of Seven Districts.
Nasstrom, Roy; Gierok, Anne
Many American schools use the televised news programs Channel One and CNN Newsroom. Channel One has received considerable scrutiny, some of it highly unfavorable, while attention to CNN Newsroom has been less extensive and mostly benign. This study compares the two programs within seven school districts in Wisconsin. The study addresses three basic areas: (1) how each district chose and implemented CNN Newsroom and Channel One; (2) how schools delivered the programs to students; and (3) how students and staff perceived the impact of a specific program on students' learning. The seven-district region examined included 22 high schools. All teachers, principals, and students received survey forms. Administrators were queried on how they made decisions, on options they took for implementation, on their familiarity with state guidelines, on whether they followed a written material selection policy, and on the rationale for their choice. Questionnaires for teachers elicited responses on their evaluation of television as a learning tool, whether they would recommend it to colleagues, on whether they required students to pay attention, on whether they used it as a basis of classroom discussion about current events, and on how they integrated the program into the curriculum. Questionnaires requested students to respond to items concerning their attention to the programs, their assessment of their learning, the integration of the programs into classroom discussions, their non-classroom sources of news, and their attention to commercials. Schools using CNN Newsroom and those using Channel One differed considerably: CNN schools had active teacher involvement in choice and administrators' strong belief in quality; Channel One schools' decisions rested with the administration and board with teacher requests playing no obvious part. For neither program did state requirements seem to carry much importance. Seven tables present study results. (Contains 37 references.) (Author/AEF)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Cable Television, Class Activities, Comparative Analysis, Current Events, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Educational Television, High Schools, News Media, Programming (Broadcast), School Districts, School Surveys, Social Studies, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Winona State Univ., MN.
Identifiers: Cable News Network; Channel One; CNN Newsroom
Note: Revised version of a paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (Indian Wells, California, August 10, 1994). A segment of this version was presented at the National Conference on Creating the Quality School (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, March 30, 1996).