Aboriginal adult education and the press
: the identification of public opinion trends expressed in the N.T. News towards aboriginal adult and continuing education in the Northern Territory during the period 1961 to 1991

  • Brian William Wren

    Student thesis: Other thesis - CDU

    Abstract

    This research program examines the popular concepts held by the audience of the
    Darwin daily newspaper and expressed by that newspaper with regards the provision of adult and continuing education and employment programs for Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory during the last thirty one years (1961 to and including 1991).

    Attitudes towards Aboriginal adult education are examined in the light of an
    examination of the nature and functions of the press, traditional attitudes of the press towards Aboriginal people, the history of the press in the "Top End" of the Northern Territory, Government policies both Federal and Northern Territory concerning Aboriginal people, particularly with regards to the provision of adult and continuing education, the influence of various power groups, the demographic make-up of the Northern Territory at the time, events concerning Aboriginal people which affected public and press opinion, and the actual provision of continuing education to Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory.

    The paper deals only with one small part of those items which give an insight into attitudes expressed by the NT News concerning Aboriginal adult education. Because of its very positive nature the field of education provides an optimistic background on which the attitudes are viewed and so perhaps these attitudes are more positive than others expressed in the newspaper concerning Aboriginal people.

    Both empiricist content analysis and qualitative methods are used. While the report is descriptive rather than aimed at finding solutions to problems, trends in opinion are revealed that could assist in either the design of future programs or obtaining support for desired programmes.

    The study also has implications for the local press regarding its adherence to the rules of journalism to which it subscribes.
    Date of Award1993
    Original languageEnglish
    SupervisorGrant Rodwell (Supervisor)

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