ERIC Number: EJ1132665
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Who Are the "Journalism Kids"? Academic Predictors of Journalism Participation in Secondary Schools
Bobkowski, Piotr S.; Cavanah, Sarah B.; Miller, Patrick R.
Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, v72 n1 p68-82 Mar 2017
Prior scholastic journalism research did not adequately address the possibility that journalism students perform better academically because of their backgrounds and inherent abilities. Using Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 data, this study shows that high school journalism attracts better students. Although for-credit and extracurricular programs differentiate journalism student characteristics, journalism students generally tend to have greater English self-efficacy, higher English grade point average, greater involvement in schools, be female and White, or have a higher socioeconomic background than those who do not participate in journalism. Future assessments of journalism's contribution to academic achievement should account for students' pre-journalism characteristics.
Descriptors: Journalism, Student Participation, Secondary School Students, Longitudinal Studies, Student Characteristics, English, Self Efficacy, Grade Point Average, Gender Differences, Racial Differences, Socioeconomic Status, Extracurricular Activities, Standardized Tests, Scores, Reading Skills, Writing Skills, Hypothesis Testing, Predictor Variables
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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