Clear red water? Devolved education policy and the Welsh news media audience

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/215971
Title:
Clear red water? Devolved education policy and the Welsh news media audience
Authors:
Roberts, Simon Gwyn
Abstract:
The long-running debate about the information gap between the Welsh voting public and the processes of devolution tends to revolve around structural, cultural and economic deficiencies in the media. However, there is little empirical evidence for assertions about the effects of these alleged deficiencies on public opinion, which typically argue that an inadequate news media fails to properly inform Welsh residents about the evolution of, and rationale for, devolved policy. The earlier work of Thomas, Jewell and Cushion (2003) examined the public consumption of news about Welsh Assembly elections, finding that ‘very substantial’ proportions of the population consumed little or no news relating to devolved politics. But fewer attempts have been made to examine the ways in which audiences understand specific areas of devolved policy via the media. This article focuses on a key area of devolved decision-making, education, and attempts to quantify that alleged ‘disconnect’ through the use of focus groups in which the parents of children progressing through the foundation stage of a Welsh primary school (a key post-devolution policy difference) are questioned about their understanding of the main issues.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Preprint submitted to Participations
Issue Date:
19-Mar-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/215971
Type:
Article; Preprint
Language:
en
Description:
Preprint submitted to Participations, 2012.
Appears in Collections:
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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorRoberts, Simon Gwynen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-03-19T09:57:14Z-
dc.date.available2012-03-19T09:57:14Z-
dc.date.issued2012-03-19-
dc.identifier.citationPreprint submitted to Participationsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/215971-
dc.descriptionPreprint submitted to Participations, 2012.en_GB
dc.description.abstractThe long-running debate about the information gap between the Welsh voting public and the processes of devolution tends to revolve around structural, cultural and economic deficiencies in the media. However, there is little empirical evidence for assertions about the effects of these alleged deficiencies on public opinion, which typically argue that an inadequate news media fails to properly inform Welsh residents about the evolution of, and rationale for, devolved policy. The earlier work of Thomas, Jewell and Cushion (2003) examined the public consumption of news about Welsh Assembly elections, finding that ‘very substantial’ proportions of the population consumed little or no news relating to devolved politics. But fewer attempts have been made to examine the ways in which audiences understand specific areas of devolved policy via the media. This article focuses on a key area of devolved decision-making, education, and attempts to quantify that alleged ‘disconnect’ through the use of focus groups in which the parents of children progressing through the foundation stage of a Welsh primary school (a key post-devolution policy difference) are questioned about their understanding of the main issues.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectdevolutionen_GB
dc.subjectnewsen_GB
dc.subjectpoliticsen_GB
dc.subjectmediaen_GB
dc.titleClear red water? Devolved education policy and the Welsh news media audienceen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.typePreprinten
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren_GB
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