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The study examines the instructional use of Channel One in a middle school over 18 months' time. Channel One is a 12-minute educational television news program broadcast daily to over 12,000 U.S. secondary schools. It is argued that while many students watch the programming, there is only a small minority of the classrooms where teachers actively incorporated it into their teaching. Two surveys of students, teachers, and parents were conducted, as well as class observations and teacher and administrator interviews. It is found that the teachers actively using Channel One create a curriculum fragment that leads to "real world" as distinct from "school" knowledge. Students are made aware of personal, political and social ideas not previously understood, and they are found to act on this knowledge by using newly acquired language in venues outside the formal school curriculum. Channel One forces a teacher to choose between the two kinds of knowledge; the majority of teachers in this study decided to forgo any serious consideration of Channel One's worldly knowledge in favor of the formal school knowledge already part of the curriculum. It is suggested that in ignoring Channel One, opportunities for exploring issues of direct relevance to young adults are lost, as well as the chance to contextualize and reflect on worldly knowledge. (Contains 26 references.) (AEF)

Descriptors: Case Studies, Curriculum Development, Educational Television, Instructional Materials, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Programming (Broadcast), Use Studies, World Views

Author: Ehman, Lee H.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=8391&id=ED389283

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