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ERIC Number: ED507362
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 39
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
The Research that Reaches the Public: Who Produces the Educational Research Mentioned in the News Media?
Yettick, Holly
Education Policy Research Unit
Even people who know or care deeply about schools often lack the time or the inclination to wade through academic journals on education. Instead they get most of their information from the trade press or popular press. Because the research featured in these outlets influences policymakers, practitioners and parents, it is important to know who produces the educational research mentioned in the news media. Of particular interest is the proliferation, in recent decades, of advocacy-oriented private think tanks, many of which eschew traditional, peer-reviewed academic forums such as refereed academic journals or conferences, which are designed to provide a measure of quality control before a research report is finalized and disseminated. They focus instead on actively seeking out publicity in the popular press. A key focus of this report is the degree to which such research is actually represented in popular media outlets. Appendices include: (1) Resources for Journalists who Cover Educational Research; (2) Summary of Citations; (3) Journal Articles in 2007; (4) Think Tank Orientations, Reports, and Citations; (5) Reports Not Cited; (6) Ideological Taxonomy; and (7) Summary of Reports Cited. (Contains 6 figures and 52 notes.)
Education Policy Research Unit. Arizona State University, Division of Advanced Studies in Education Policy, Leadership, and Curriculum, Mary Lou Fulton Institute and Graduate School of Education, P.O. Box 872411, Tempe, AZ 85287. Tel: 480-965-1886; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona State University, Education Policy Research Unit; University of Colorado at Boulder, Education and the Public Interest Center