School discipline coverage in Australian newspapers: impact on public perceptions, educational decisions and policy

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Fields, Barry. 2006. "School discipline coverage in Australian newspapers: impact on public perceptions, educational decisions and policy." Jeffery, Peter L. (ed.) International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE 2005): Creative Dissent: Constructive Solutions. Sydney, Australia 27 Nov - 01 Dec 2005 Melbourne, Australia.
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School discipline coverage in Australian newspapers: impact on public perceptions, educational decisions and policy

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AuthorFields, Barry
EditorsJeffery, Peter L.
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education 2005 (AARE 2005)
ERA Conference ID50546
Number of Pages15
Year2006
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.aare.edu.au/05pap/fie05290.pdf
Conference/EventInternational Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE 2005): Creative Dissent: Constructive Solutions
International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education
Event Details
International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE 2005): Creative Dissent: Constructive Solutions
Event Date
27 Nov 2005 to end of 01 Dec 2005
Event Location
Sydney, Australia
Event Details
International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education
Abstract

The role of the media in shaping public perceptions and opinions about significant political and social issues has long been the subject of both speculation and research. It is widely accepted that what we know about, think and believe about what happens in the world, outside of personal first-hand experience, is shaped, and some would say orchestrated, by how these events are reported in newspapers and communicated through the medium of radio and television. This paper explores how the topic of school discipline is covered by Australia’s major newspapers. Newspaper reports on discipline and related topics such as behaviour management, disruptive and antisocial behaviour in schools were examined for the period 2000 – 2004. The analysis focused on the types of topics covered, evidence of bias and the ‘message’ conveyed in the reports about this important and highly contentious subject. The paper concludes with a commentary the relationship between how discipline is reported on in the media and what actually happens in schools and how educational decisions and policy might be influenced by such reports.

Keywordsinclusive education; special education; newspapers; discipline
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520102. Educational psychology
360299. Creative and professional writing not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Education
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