Newspapers in Education: a crucial Inquiry In the Effects of Using Newspaper publishers as Teaching Agents

 Newspapers in Education: a crucial Inquiry Into the Eects of Using Papers as Teaching Agents

Educational Research

Vol. 51, No . 3, Sept 2009, 341–363

Newspapers in Education: a crucial inquiry in to the effects of using newspaper publishers as educating agents

Ellen Claes* and Ellen Quintelier

Centre of Political Exploration, K. U. Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

(Received 1 August 2008; final version received 28 April 2009) Backdrop: More than 52 countries utilize the ‘Newspapers in Education' system. In the last 10 years, in Belgium, an application from the international system Newspapers in Education has turned into a well-known technique of stimulating children to explore the personal realm and challenge how they think about and participate in democracies. However , the longer-term effectiveness of the plan is not really fully recognized because studies tend to give attention to a period soon after programme contribution.

Purpose: This study was executed to investigate whether pupils who have participated inside the Newspapers in Education program scored more highly on scales of media use/ habits and social and political attitudes, in a review conducted over fifty percent a year following programme contribution.

Programme information: The plan Newspapers in Education was evaluated. Papers in Education makes newspaper reading attainable to the younger generation by providing a totally free newspaper package containing various national papers for each student. This way, the programme is aimed at connecting young adults to current affairs, and wants to induce interactive means of teaching to attain the goals that are generally specified when the teaching of citizenship education is concerned. The programme, additionally, has the firm intention of making a technology of important thinkers and informed individuals. Sample details: For the assessment with the effects with the Newspapers in Education program, the ‘Belgian Youth Survey' was used. The Belgian Junior Survey 06\ is a rep survey conducted in 2006 amongst more than 6000 15- and 16-year-olds in Belgium (both in the The french language and Nederlander communities). However , for these examines we concentrated on the info of the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium, i. electronic. Flanders (N ¼ 3453), because the Magazines in Education programme has manifested alone on a continuous basis in this community for several years.

Design and methods: The Belgian Junior Survey 06\ is based on written surveys filled out by the respondents in schools. The response charge at the Flemish school level is 72%. This review tried to tap into social and political perceptions of young people and also presented us with specific background characteristics, which in turn we could control for in order to into plan effects. For the reason that aim of this kind of study was going to uncover longer-term effects from the Newspapers in Education program whilst controlling for individual qualifications effects, bivariate and regression analyses had been used.

Main findings in relation to the research goals/objectives: Results recommended that the participants of Magazines in Education may the actual news, particularly on the Net, more often than their non-participating peers; in addition they displayed *Corresponding author. Email: ellen. [email protected] kuleuven. end up being

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a slightly higher level of political understanding. However , many other differences between participating and non-participating organizations were not significant. In addition , a small association was apparent in the media utilization of students acquiring vocational education. The relationship between participating in the programme and tolerance towards ethnic minorities was as well significant for the whole sample. Main conclusion: From this study, only minor differences were diagnosed between the press use/habits and social and political thinking of members and nonparticipants in the Flemish Newspapers in Education programme. It is possible the brevity of the programme by itself may make it difficult due to its impact to become...

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