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ERIC Number: ED405622
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Political Socialization via a Newspaper-in-Schools Program in Argentina: Effects of Variations in Teaching Methods.
Chaffee, Steven H.; And Others
A study examined the effects on political socialization of students in grades 5-6, based on teachers' use of local newspapers in classrooms throughout Argentina (except in Buenos Aires) during the 1995 school year. The newspaper program was sponsored by the Association of Dailies of the Interior Region of Argentina. Data were collected by self-administered questionnaires filled out by students, to measure educational outcomes, and by teachers, regarding teaching methods, throughout the country. To provide a control group, each cooperating teacher chose a second teacher in the same grade level and school who was not using the newspaper. Results indicated that use of the newspaper in the classroom significantly and positively affected students' political knowledge, democratic norms, and communication behaviors. Strong effects were found on tolerance, support for democracy, the formation of political opinions, and on communication behaviors such as discussing politics with family members and reading the newspaper at home. All of the outcomes were affected more strongly among students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, except mass media use. Findings suggest that general approaches used in teaching included discussing current affairs and societal problems in class; writing assignments on controversial public issues; and improving media education, including discussion of the role of the press in society. (Contains 22 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Argentina