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ERIC Number: ED175034
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Principals, Courts, and First Amendment Rights.
Broussard, E. Joseph; Blackmon, C. Robert
A questionnaire survey of 42 principals, 61 newspaper advisers, and 48 student editors from 126 secondary schools was conducted concerning their knowledge of communication law in relation to freedom of the press under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Relevant court decisions were selected and the circumstances of ten composite cases were formulated. The respondents were asked to indicate for each case how a judge might decide. General information about the respondents' background, education, and journalistic experience was also elicited. Data were tabulated with regard to the relationship between correct response to the case-law items and the general information. Results showed that the principals had the lowest mean score on the ten items, while the advisers scored highest on four and the student editors on six. It was concluded that if the lack of knowledge displayed by principals was not attributable to their answering the questions on the basis of personal values, then more attention should be given to First Amendment rights in education law courses. (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (62nd, Houston, Texas, August 5-8, 1979)