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ERIC Number: ED307636
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug-12
Pages: 24
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"It Was a Dark and Gloomy Night": Assessing Journalism Coursework in University Admission Procedures.
Ervin, R. Ferrell
Following a l987 survey that found university admission officers at 22 institutions uncertain of the educational value of most high school journalism courses, a l988 study sought to collect more extensive data in order to determine current admission office practices. Admission personnel were asked if their institutions permitted journalism to substitute as a portion of the required English units. Although it has been generally accepted that high school journalism students are better prepared for their college experiences than those who did not take journalism courses, 63% of the respondents said their institutions did not permit this substitution, indicating that high school journalism fares poorly in the admission process. The study also found (1) diversity in the titling of coursework, (2) and even with consistent titling, diversity in course content, and (3) perceived diversity in preparation of high school journalism teachers. Findings support a further need to review college/university admission procedures and address a number of problems threatening secondary journalism education. (A 16-page survey of college/university admission procedures is provided.) (NH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment