Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
This doctoral dissertation uses content analysis and logistic regression to examine the educational research and researchers mentioned in American news media outlets. Additionally, it explores how 33 journalists who write for these outlets select educational research and experts to mention. The theoretical lenses for this study are Lewin’s field theory and Shoemaker & Vos’s multi-level model for mass media gate keeping. The study found that journalistic norms generally determine which research and expertise gets mentioned in different types of news media outlets. Additionally, peer-reviewed research is virtually non-existent in news media education coverage partially because many education reporters do not know what it is. The significance of these conclusions is that policymakers, parents, practioners and others who get their information from the news media are making important decisions about education based on research and expertise that is too often far from the best available evidence.
Yettick, Rachel Holly, "The Educational Research that Reaches the Public Via the News Media: Who Produces it and How it Gets There" (2013). School of Education Graduate Theses & Dissertations. 29.