ERIC Number: ED440804
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
The Australian Press and Education: A Survey of National and Global Perspectives.
Woolman, David C.
The news media are often the main source of public information about education. This paper analyzes press coverage of selected issues in contemporary Australian education. From December 28, 1998, to February 17, 1999, daily educational reporting was surveyed in "The Australian" (a paper roughly equivalent to "USA Today") and in 18 state-based newspapers, including 12 dailies published in major cities, 2 small-town newspapers, and 2 less frequent publications from Aboriginal communities. During the period, 295 articles on education were reviewed, including 158 on private and public pre-K-12 education, 102 on higher education, and 35 on other education-related topics. Following a review of recent trends in Australian education, this paper discusses press coverage of controversial issues and other educational topics. These include: (1) government funding of private schools and related questions about the function and quality of public versus private education; (2) wide variation among states in the availability and quality of preschool education; (3) shortage of secondary school teachers, particularly mathematics teachers; (4) discipline problems and conflict resolution in schools; (5) a government plan to reduce welfare benefits to unemployed youth who fail literacy and numeracy tests; (6) assessment issues and the higher achievement of girls than boys; (7) reduced government funding for Aboriginal education and bilingual education; and (8) international educational competition and the development of offshore programs by Australian universities. (Contains 65 references.) (SV)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia