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Education through TIME: Representations of United States Education on TIME Magazine Covers

Resource Type
Dataset : images: photographs, drawings, graphical representations
  • Kachorsky, Dani (Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi)
  • Reid, Stephanie F. (University of Montana)
  • Chapman, Kathryn (University of Kentucky)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
multimodal; content analysis; TIME Magazine; education; representation
  • Abstract

    This study examined how TIME Magazine has visually represented and communicated ideas about education from TIME’s inception in 1923 through 2019. Drawing upon theories of visual culture and social semiotic approaches to multimodality, the researchers conducted a Qualitative Multimodal Content Analysis of 115 covers that featured content related to education and schooling. Findings included: (a) names and places are used to suggest authority, power, or importance in educational circles; (b) learning and school are presented as having not changed over time; (c) overgeneralized and metonymic representations can stand for broad categories of educational stakeholders; (d) schools are presented as in need of fixing; and (e) schools are perceived as sites for larger, sociopolitical debates.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1923-01-01 / 2019-12-31
    Time Period: Mon Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1923--Tue Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 2019
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
  • Is version of
    DOI: 10.3886/E120906

Update Metadata: 2020-08-31 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2020-08-31

Kachorsky, Dani; Reid, Stephanie F.; Chapman, Kathryn (2020): Education through TIME: Representations of United States Education on TIME Magazine Covers. Version: 1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.