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ERIC Number: ED461967
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May
Pages: 64
Abstractor: N/A
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Disability Narratives and Images in Children's Magazines Pre- and Post-PL 94-142.
Pirofski, Kira Isak
This study examined the quantity and quality of narratives and graphics concerned with disability in children's magazines prior to and after Public Law 94-142, the Education of All Handicapped Children Act, enacted in 1975. Content analysis was conducted on "Highlights for Children," selected for its longevity and wide circulation and "Sesame Street," seen as a trend-setter and opinion maker due to its connections with many aspects of child-oriented mass media. "Highlights" issues from 1961 through 1990 were reviewed; "Sesame Street" was reviewed from 1976 through 1999. "Highlights" articles were categorized as either "traditional" or "progressive." Statistical analysis showed a tendency toward more disability stories of the "traditional" type in "Highlights" prior to P.L. 94-142 and more "progressive" articles thereafter. Analysis of disability graphics in "Sesame Street" showed more "token" disability illustrations after 1990 but more "significant" disability photos before 1990. Contrary to expectations, "Highlights" published slightly more disability-related stories before the law than after, suggesting that the magazine's agenda-setting did not change as a result of the law, whereas "Sesame Street" showed the expected pattern of more attention to disability immediately following the law with diminishing attention as time progressed. (Contains 125 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education for All Handicapped Children Act; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act