ERIC Number: ED121669
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Home-School Differences in Political Learning: Television's Impact upon School Children's Perceptions of National Needs. Final Report.
Foreign Policy Research Inst., Philadelphia, PA.
This study examines the relative impact of classroom and nonclassroom sources of political information on the political awareness of students in grades 4, 5, and 6. To this end, (1) the sociopolitical content of a classroom source of political information, the "Weekly Reader," is analyzed and compared to the content of evening network news; (2) the media habits of a sample of 346 students, as well as their parents and teachers, are explored; (3) the perceptions of national needs and priorities expressed by the students are examined and linked to their use and evaluation of news sources; and (4) the development of political awareness over time is considered. Data show little overlap between issues emphasized in the "Weekly Reader" and television news, and analysis of media habits shows that most students view television news irregularly or rarely. No differences are observed between viewers and nonviewers with respect to how students in each group would construct civic agenda, and children are found to draw their political agenda from both classroom and nonclassroom sources of information. Based on the findings, a number of proposals and considerations for curricula reform and future research are discussed. (Author/ND)
Descriptors: Civics, Elementary Education, Family School Relationship, Intermediate Grades, News Media, News Reporting, Political Attitudes, Political Influences, Political Issues, Political Socialization, Politics, Program Content, Social Science Research, Social Studies, Television, Television Viewing
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Foreign Policy Research Inst., Philadelphia, PA.