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Educational Myth-Making with "Due Accuracy and Impartiality"? A Current Affairs TV Episode in the United Kingdom

Wallace, Mike 2007. Educational Myth-Making with "Due Accuracy and Impartiality"? A Current Affairs TV Episode in the United Kingdom. Peabody Journal of Education 82 (1) , pp. 10-31. 10.1080/01619560709336535

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The mass media contribution to education politics is explored through the application of a pluralistic theoretical framework to evidence connected with the making of an episode of a U.K. current affairs television program. The episode addressed a politically contentious educational issue but proved controversial in itself. Several sources complained that the program team had failed to operate with “due accuracy and impartiality” required in law and subsequently confronted them in a televised audience feedback program. The pluralistic theoretical framework is used to highlight contrasting interactions between the television program team and different sources in creating the episode that was transmitted. Frequent sources tended to be “media-wise” and so better able to realize their interest in positive portrayal than those occasional sources who were more “media-naive.” It is suggested that this case has wider implications for understanding the superficiality of much media output dealing with the politics of education.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0161-956X
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:27

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