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ERIC Number: ED399563
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Pages: 18
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Media Exposure and Knowledge about Science.
Kiernan, Vincent
In a secondary analysis of the 1992 National Science Foundation Survey of Public Understanding of Science and Technology, high levels of exposure to television news are associated with lower levels of knowledge of basic scientific facts. Data were gathered through a telephone survey of a national probability sample of the United States population, aged 18 or over. Interviews were conducted with 2,001 individuals, for a completion rate of 70%. High exposure to magazines and daily newspapers is associated with higher knowledge, even after accounting for education and interest in science news. Findings suggest that televised science news may be misunderstood by viewers. (Contains 15 references, and 1 table and 1 figure of data. An appendix presents the survey questions.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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