Ungdomar, nyheter och stora händelser : En enkätstudie av gymnasieelevers nyhetskonsumtion, källkritik och kunskaper om terrordåden i Bryssel den 22 mars 2016
This essay aims to study students’ consumption of news, their criticism towards sources and knowledge of facts about big news events. Surveys about the terror attacks in Brussels in March 2016 were handed out in order to collect data. The goal was to create a comprehensive picture of youths between the age of 16-20. The background of this topic is that all students in upper secondary school today have access to all news in the world, which has increased the need for knowledge on which sources to trust. Even though they have this unlimited access to news and information, studies showed that the younger generation has the lowest consumption of news and is the largest age group that do not consume news at all. This affects the teachers who meet and educate them; particularly the teachers in social studies where teachers often include studying the news in the classroom and the curriculum says to grade the students’ ability to criticize sources. 109 upper secondary school students from two schools participated in the survey. The results showed that about 60-80% reflect critically on news sources and they received information mainly from online newspapers and articles on social media. The results from the questions on the Brussel incidents generated two conclusions; the results showed that the knowledge varied depending on the type of knowledge asked for. Furthermore, as a group, 47% of the questions were correct answered. These results also confirm that society needs to teach the youngest generation the importance of reading, listening and watching the news in order to prevent political gaps in the future.
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