Schoolteachers in the News: A Historical Analysis of Coverage in the West Australian Newspaper Kathryn Shine

ISBN: 9781604978339

Published: February 28th 2013

Hardcover

272 pages


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Schoolteachers in the News: A Historical Analysis of Coverage in the West Australian Newspaper  by  Kathryn Shine

Schoolteachers in the News: A Historical Analysis of Coverage in the West Australian Newspaper by Kathryn Shine
February 28th 2013 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 272 pages | ISBN: 9781604978339 | 5.38 Mb

Research examining how schoolteachers have been represented in the news is scarce. This is noteworthy, given the recognition that the news media has an influential agenda-setting function, plays a pivotal role in shaping public opinion, and can influence educational policy. Indeed, there is a view amongst some authorities that education policy and news media coverage are irrevocably interconnected.

In addition to the widespread concern about the decline in the status of teaching, many countries are experiencing ongoing teacher recruitment and retention problems. Despite this, very few studies have considered how schoolteachers and teaching as a profession are depicted in the news media. Particularly scarce are investigations with a historical dimension. This book helps fill the gap by examining the reporting in The West Australian newspaper, one of the oldest newspapers in Australia and a daily publication since 1885. It is offered as a contribution towards rectifying the deficit in the corpus of work on how newspapers have depicted teachers and points the way towards one of a number of avenues of research that other scholars in the field could take for various contexts (including different countries) and time periods.

Overall, the book highlights the need for key media spokespeople in education--politicians, union representatives, bureaucrats and academics--to consider carefully the messages they want to send regarding teachers and teaching. It also points to implications for journalism education and journalism practice. This book should be read by those working in the fields of educational policy, journalism education, media studies, and history of education internationally, particularly those working in these fields in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.



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