ERIC Number: ED311480
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
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Exploring Feminist Research in Journalism and Communication.
Childers, Linda; Grunig, Larissa A.
After outlining feminist theory (conceptualization and characteristics), a study examined attitudes toward issues having to do with feminist scholarship and the fields of journalism and communication, particularly assessing the validity of the conventional wisdom that women are advised against doing feminist research. The subjects were a purposive sample of 92 people in the field (consisting of 77 educators out of 150 surveyed and 15 graduate students out of 20 surveyed) representing scholars who had conducted feminist research and scholars who had not, educators and students, and males and females. Data were collected via a fractionation scale questionnaire, and some follow-up telephone interviews. The questionnaire explored attitudes about: (1) whether 17 listed issues should be an important aspect of the body of knowledge in journalism and mass communication, and whether these issues have actually achieved such prominence; (2) involvement with feminist research; (3) whether men can be feminist scholars; (4) whether attitudes toward feminist research have changed; and (5) the extent to which respondents believed having a feminist research agenda affects promotion and tenure decision. Data was also collected on demographic variables. Major findings showed some support among the sample of educators for the conventional wisdom that women are advised against doing feminist research, while indicating that women also have been encouraged to do feminist work; they also showed that among the sample of graduate students, advice about feminist scholarship was exclusively in the form of encouragement. (Five tables of data are included; 32 references and the feminist scholarship questionnaire are attached.) (SR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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