ERIC Number: ED371712
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Taking the Measure of Channel One: A Three Year Perspective.
Johnston, Jerome; And Others
Channel One is a daily 12-minute news broadcast for schoolwide rebroadcast to grades 6 through 12. Three years of independent research have tracked its impact on schools and students. This document contains an executive summary and final report that discusses the research findings, focusing on the research during the 1992-93 school year. At that time approximately 12,000 schools received Channel One; this figure represents approximately 40% of the 12- to 18-year-olds in school. Teachers in a nationally representative sample of 100 schools generally were pleased with Channel One, and less than 10% were dissatisfied. Principals also liked Channel One, with 61% believing that it enhances their schools' current events materials. Students in 1992-93 were quite positive about Channel One, and a study of 1,500 students who viewed Channel One in comparison with 1,500 who did not indicated that scores on current events tests were 5% to 8% higher for viewers. Results from 1992-93 reflect that year's revised news presentations, which had a stronger emphasis on serious news. Results suggest the potential for Channel One, but also illustrate the importance of teacher help in assembling the somewhat fragmented knowledge in the news. Appendixes contain four supplementary tables of findings, notes on methodology, news abstracts for the program, and questionnaires used in the study. (Contains 26 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Broadcast Journalism, Comparative Analysis, Current Events, Educational Research, Educational Television, News Media, News Reporting, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Student Attitudes, Tables (Data), Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Role
Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, P.O. Box 1248, Ann Arbor, MI 48106 ($15).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Inst. for Social Research.