ERIC Number: ED150625
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Course Objectives in the "Window-to-the-Field" Class: A Survey of Mass Communications and Society Instructors.
Stone, Gerald, Ed.
This document reports the results of a survey in which 126 introductory mass communication course instructors were asked to assign priority rankings to 44 course content items and to indicate the extent to which the items were emphasized in their courses. The document first summarizes the two studies on which the survey was based and presents descriptive statistics concerning the instructors, their schools and departments, and the structure of the introductory communication courses. It then presents the 44 course content items submitted to the instructors and compares their priority rankings for the individual items with the rankings of a panel of mass communication experts. The document also compares teachers' and experts' rankings of seven topical areas into which the items may be grouped and reports teachers' reasons for not teaching certain content items. Analysis of the findings indicates that, although rankings of experts and teachers were generally similar, all subgroupings of teachers ranked course content more similarly with each other than with the experts. The interpretation is that teaching the introductory communication course is a basis for similarity in views about what content should be offered in the course. Eight tables of findings are included. (GW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Education in Journalism.
Note: Project of the Teaching Committee of the Mass Communication and Society Division of AEJ