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ERIC Number: ED374436
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Aug-10
Pages: 51
Abstractor: N/A
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Journalism/Mass Communication Education's Response to Calls for Increased Racial/Ethnic Sensitivity.
Dickson, Tom
A study examined what journalism and mass communication programs have done to prepare students to understand and relate to a multicultural, multiethnic, multiracial and otherwise diverse society. Responses to a 34-question survey were returned by administrators of 216 undergraduate journalism/mass communication programs listed in the 1992-93 Journalism/Mass Communication Directory (for a response rate of 55%). Results indicated that (1) most programs were doing a variety of things to increase cultural sensitivity and educate students about biases and stereotypes; (2) faculty at most schools were scrutinizing their curriculum in regard to minority components; (3) most administrators thought their program was having some success in sensitizing their students to racial stereotypes and biases; (4) nearly three-quarters of the courses on the media and minorities were put into place during the 5-year period prior to the survey; and (5) variables important to the development of a multicultural curriculum appear to be the size of the program, number of minorities other than Afro-Americans, and size of the institution. Findings suggest that the accreditation Standard 12 has been somewhat successful in its goal of improving multiethnic and multiracial components of the curriculum. (Contains 48 references, four notes, and eight tables of data.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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