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ERIC Number: EJ782771
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
The Translators: The Media and School Choice Research
Rotherham, Andrew J.
Phi Delta Kappan, v89 n5 p376-379 Jan 2008
The media play a pivotal role in determining how and why research influences public opinion with regard to policy. Prominent columns and articles, especially in the big East Coast papers, influence political behavior among the policy and political elites and offer signals about elite thought and opinion on key issues. The debates about the research on school choice illustrate the broader challenges the media face when translating research for public assumption. What the public knows about educational research comes primarily from the media. However, the conflict arises when journalists seek a definitive angle to build a story. In this article, the author points out that despite their central role as translators and referees for the public, few reporters have the training to judge the quality or significance of studies, and the tendency is to emphasize controversy rather than solid findings. (Contains 17 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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