ERIC Number: ED392709
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Motivation and News-Seeking Behavior.
Linnenbrink, Lisa; Anderman, Eric M.
This study focuses on students' acquisition of current events knowledge, attitudes about the news, and motivation to seek the news as it relates to news seeking behavior and studying current events in school. A current events knowledge test of 53 true/false items and a questionnaire assessing motivation strategy use toward current events were administered to 451 students from 5 midwestern high schools, 1 southeastern high school, and 1 middle school. A sub-sample of the students from two classrooms in one of the schools was further examined with teacher interviews on how they incorporate the study of current events into their classrooms and their goals for use of current events knowledge. In general, those students who watched the least amount of television news and read the news the least had the poorest responses on the current events knowledge test, news attitudes measures, and motivational measures, while those who watched television and read the news the most had the most adaptive responses on these measures. Contains 12 references. (EH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 18-22, 1995). Research supported by a grant from Whittle Communications.