Representations of Disability in Greek School Newspapers: A Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis

Lina P. Valsamidou, Ifigenia Vamvakidou, Anastasia Alevriadou


In a school newspaper children act as reporters, as editors and designers simultaneously. Their texts – linguistic and visual – highlight and manifest what they think is important to be published. Apart from that, the images that have been chosen, they convey signifieds/symbols/signs. This study searches the representations of disability in Greek school newspapers in order to reveal the necessity of this information in a school medium of communication. The proposed mmethodology is content analysis and social semiotic. It seems that school newspapers deal with disability issues rather peripherally, as all pages and front pages do not provide relevant issues. This research records aspects, trends and attitudes of school journalism regarding disability issues which clarify the need for school provision and encouragement concerning the subject in question.

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Review of European Studies   ISSN 1918-7173 (Print)   ISSN 1918-7181 (Online)

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