ERIC Number: ED433578
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Mutual Parasitism and Symbiosis: Interaction between Media Professionals and Sources with a Stake in Education Policy.
This paper explores ways in which the press influences the generation and implementation of education policy. An associated purpose was to conceptualize an education policy that incorporates the media's role. The paper is divided into four parts. First, it outlines the details of the research design and the conceptual framework for the study. It then offers a brief account of the structure of the British media which affects interaction between media professionals and frequent sources. Third, the findings are discussed, which portray how media professionals and frequent sources interact in pursuing an interest common to their group but whose guiding values and sophistication of approach are contingent on contextual factors. Examples of such interactions reveal how the interest of media professionals and frequent sources may be harmonious or conflictual according to the situation. Finally, a question is raised over the consequences of this sometimes symbiotic, sometimes parasitic, relationship as regards the quality of the education policy process. Symbiotic interaction occurred when both partners pursued the elements of their group interest within the area of overlap. Parasitic interaction resulted when one partner pursued some portion of the group interest that was incompatible with that of the other partner. (Contains 23 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Diego, CA, April 13-17, 1998).