Responding to the Challenges of Teaching High School Journalism

Emily Houk, Illinois Wesleyan University
Robin Leavitt, Faculty Advisor, Illinois Wesleyan University

Description

In this inquiry, I address the challenges of teaching high school journalism classes in which the students vary in prior knowledge of and experience with journalism, as well as in age and academic ability. The heterogeneity of the students and the variety of tasks that are involved in publication create an environment that poses certain challenges for the teacher/adviser in terms of effectively individualizing instruction with the common class goal of producing the newspaper. During student teaching, I implemented and examined different pedagogical strategies in exploring how to help students meet learning goals specific to each level of the course. Through analysis of my written reflections on student participation and learning, along with student feedback, I have reached conclusions as to which strategies are most effective in the journalism classroom. I have also gained insight as to what journalism students find meaningful about their learning in the class.

 
Apr 10th, 9:00 AM Apr 10th, 10:00 AM

Responding to the Challenges of Teaching High School Journalism

Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University

In this inquiry, I address the challenges of teaching high school journalism classes in which the students vary in prior knowledge of and experience with journalism, as well as in age and academic ability. The heterogeneity of the students and the variety of tasks that are involved in publication create an environment that poses certain challenges for the teacher/adviser in terms of effectively individualizing instruction with the common class goal of producing the newspaper. During student teaching, I implemented and examined different pedagogical strategies in exploring how to help students meet learning goals specific to each level of the course. Through analysis of my written reflections on student participation and learning, along with student feedback, I have reached conclusions as to which strategies are most effective in the journalism classroom. I have also gained insight as to what journalism students find meaningful about their learning in the class.