ERIC Number: EJ704143
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: N/A
Examining Media Coverage: A Classroom Study of Iraq War News
Leahey, Christopher R.
Social Education, v68 n4 p280 May-Jun 2004
Throughout the 2003 school year, Christopher Leahey's ninth grade global history students followed the media's coverage of the escalating crisis between the United States and Iraq. In early March of that year, as the media's coverage intensified, students brought a multitude of questions and concerns into the classroom. Rather than simply answer these questions, he saw the unfolding events as a "teachable moment" and planned a project to analyze how the media depict significant events. Leahey decided that the classroom project would center on the U.S.-Iraqi conflict. In an effort to minimize any influence of his own opinions, the project would not deal with whether the war was "right" or "wrong" Instead, the students would investigate the local media's coverage. The primary goal was to approach the coverage by drawing from a critical constructivist model. White asserts that such a model can be implemented by "modeling and applying, reflecting, involving students actively, and developing a community of learners." This project would also draw upon National Council for the Social Studies curriculum standards as students explored the relationships between power, authority, and governance (NCSS strand VI). More specifically, this project would focus on "the conditions, actions, and motivations that contribute to conflict and cooperation within and among nations." The project is described in this article. (Contains 17 notes.)
Descriptors: Social Studies, Class Activities, Criticism, Grade 9, News Media, News Reporting, War, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 9
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iraq