Fields, Barry (2006) School discipline coverage in Australian newspapers: impact on public perceptions, educational decisions and policy. In: AARE 2005: Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference 2005: Creative Dissent: Constructive Solutions, 27 Nov - 1 Dec 2005, Parramatta, NSW, Australia.
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The role of the media in shaping public perceptions and opinions about significant political and social issues has long been the subject of both speculation and research. It is widely accepted that what we know about, think and believe about what happens in the world, outside of personal first-hand experience, is shaped, and some would say orchestrated, by how these events are reported in newspapers and communicated through the medium of radio and television. This paper explores how the topic of school discipline is covered by Australia’s major newspapers. Newspaper reports on discipline and related topics such as behaviour management, disruptive and antisocial behaviour in schools were examined for the period 2000 – 2004. The analysis focused on the types of topics covered, evidence of bias and the ‘message’ conveyed in the reports about this important and highly contentious subject. The paper concludes with a commentary the relationship between how discipline is reported on in the media and what actually happens in schools and how educational decisions and policy might be influenced by such reports.
|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)|
|Additional Information:||Paper number FIE05290. Paper is copyright © by the individual author or authors and may not be reproduced without permission of the author or authors.|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||inclusive education; special education; newspapers; discipline|
|Subjects:||400000 Journalism, Librarianship and Curatorial Studies > 400100 Journalism, Communication and Media > 400199 Journalism, Communication and Media not elsewhere classified
330000 Education > 330100 Education Studies > 330109 Assessment and Evaluation
380000 Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences > 380100 Psychology > 380105 Social and Community Psychology
|Depositing User:||Ms Leslie Blay|
|Date Deposited:||31 Mar 2010 12:18|
|Last Modified:||02 Jul 2013 23:43|
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