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ERIC Number: ED585658
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 190
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-0-4380-3395-5
Media Coverage of Educational Testing: Understanding Issue Dimensions Using Topic Modeling
Wachen, John
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
This study examined media coverage of testing in schools in two newspapers--the "New York Times" and "Education Week"--over the 20-year period from 1996 to 2015. Using a conceptual framework informed by framing theory and a quantitative text analysis technique called structural topic modeling on a dataset of over 8,000 articles, this study identified shifts in topic coverage and traced the evolution of the framing of the issue in the media across time. Findings indicate a shift in framing from a more positive portrayal of testing in the years prior to passage of the federal No Child Left Behind Act to a more negative portrayal in the years after passage of the law. The study contributes to the literature on media framing of education issues and the emerging literature on applications of topic modeling techniques to education policy. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001