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A Cross-national Study of School Students's Perceptions of Political Messages in Two Election Campaigns

Rivers, I., Carragher, D.J., Couzens, J., Hechler, Rachel C. and Fini, G.B. (2018) A Cross-national Study of School Students's Perceptions of Political Messages in Two Election Campaigns. International Journal of Educational Research, 92. pp. 10-19. ISSN 0883-0355 Online: 1873-538X

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The aim of this study is to understand, qualitatively, the ways in which school students from England and the US engaged with campaign messages during two national elections. We combined data from eight focus groups conducted in four schools in England (2 primary/elementary and 2 secondary/high; N = 60) and individual interviews conducted in one school in the US (N = 19). Three common themes were identified from our cross-national data: the trustworthiness of candidates, equality, and the narrative surrounding immigration. We argue that it is important for students to have spaces to understand, explore and debate political messages and for teachers to feel confident and able to engage with those campaign messages especially where they may be controversial, partisan or challenging. © 2018 Elsevier Ltd

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: elections, students, politics, messages, teachers
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Education
Depositing User: Karol Kosinski
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2018 12:26
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:24

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