Imaging Education: The Media and Schools in America

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Gene I. Maeroff
Teachers College Press, 1998 - Education - 232 pages
This is a book for anyone who has ever wondered about the impact that the media have on the way that people think about schools and colleges. Are charges of negativity true or only in the minds of the beholders? Chapter by chapter,Imaging Education looks closely at the influence of each facet of the media, from reporting in newspapers to findings in public opinion polls, to television sit-coms and documentaries, to feature films, to college rankings in popular magazines. A stellar group of contributors includes academics, journalists, and researchers, who have all written original chapters for this book addressed to general readers as well as specialists in education and the media.
 

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Contents

PART
5
ANOVERVIEW OF THE MEDIAS COVERAGE OF EDUICATION
11
The Lamentable Alliance Between the Media
26
Ignorance Is Bliss
46
WHAT THE SUIRVEYSSAY
57
The Media and Polls on EducationOver the Years
69
PART III
83
School Desegregation Press Coverage and Public Perceptions
116
What College Selectivity Looks Like to the Public
148
The Effects
161
PART V
168
IMAGES OF EDUICATION IN THE VISUAL MEDIA
179
A Gentlemans C for TVs Education Coverage
195
Educating Television
209
Toward Greater Responsibility by All
221
Index 227
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PART IV
130

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Gene I. Maeroff was Founding Director of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he is now Senior Fellow. He is a former national education correspondent for "The" "New York Times" and is the author of over a dozen books, including "The Guide to Suburban Public Schools," "Team Building for School Change," "School Smart Parent," "Altered Destinies," and "A Classroom of One,

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