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ERIC Number: EJ920348
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 33
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 72
ISSN: ISSN-0195-6744
Staying above the Fray: Framing and Conflict in the Coverage of Education Policy Debates
Tamir, Eran; Davidson, Roei
American Journal of Education, v117 n2 p233-265 Feb 2011
This article examines the mass media's role in shaping education policy debates in light of pluralist theory and Bourdieu's social fields theory. We content analyzed the coverage of New Jersey education policy debates during 1985, when the governor moved to consolidate his power in the education field. We used quantitative framing and conflict analysis and found that the media presented educational policy debates in ways that advantaged political and economic elites and portrayed the governor as being above the political fray. On the whole, our findings conform more to Bourdieu's social fields theory than to pluralist theory. (Contains 18 notes, 4 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey