ERIC Number: ED408619
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Student Interest in National News and Its Relation to School Courses. Statistics in Brief.
Chapman, Chris; And Others
A study investigated how differences in student characteristics might affect the relationship between heightened interest in national news and news-seeking behavior. Data were taken from the Youth Civic Involvement component of the 1996 National Household Education Survey. Telephone interviews were conducted with 8,043 students in grades 6 through 12. Results indicated that: (1) about half of the students had taken a course that required them to pay attention to government, politics, or national news during the current school year; (2) participation in such courses was higher for females than males, and higher for Black students and White students than Hispanic students; (3) no differences were found among students attending public or private schools; (4) 65% of students who took at least one course during the last 2 years reported their interest in politics and national issues increased "some" or "a good deal"; (5) no differences existed in interest in national issues associated with taking a current events course for gender, among racial/ethnic groups, or by the type of school attended; and (6) students who took a course and reported that their interest increased as a result were more likely to seek news in other ways than were students who took such courses that did not generate increased interest or students who did not take such a course in the last 2 years. Future research should continue to explore the role of education in preparing young people for responsible citizenship. (Contains 11 references, 3 tables, and a figure of data.) (RS)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Household Education Survey