A Case Study of Information Accuracy and Dissemination via Digital Media: Has the Number of Doctoral Students Truly Decreased by Half?

Terumi Miyazoe, Shinichi Sato

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Abstract

Amidst the numerous reported negative effects of COVID-19, the Japanese public was rattled by the headline 'Doctoral Students Have Decreased by Half'. However, a closer examination of the information revealed that the reported drop may be a 'false alarm' based on a series of articles related to this critical decision-making moment for prospective students. Studies regarding doctoral programmes are limited due, in part, to the relative marginalization of degree holders and low recognition of degrees in Japan. Thus, this case study was conducted to clarify the particular situations faced by Japanese doctoral students and how news is reported through digital media. The research revealed that digital news portals may contribute to the deformation and diffusion of information, highlighting the importance of verifying digital information so that students can make informed career-path decisions based on accurate situations and potentials.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2021 International Symposium on Educational Technology, ISET 2021
EditorsLap-Kei Lee, Fu Lee Wang, Yukari Kato, Yan Keung Hui, Shinichi Sato
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages38-43
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781665428590
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021
Event2021 International Symposium on Educational Technology, ISET 2021 - Virtual, Nagoya, Japan
Duration: 10 Aug 202113 Aug 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2021 International Symposium on Educational Technology, ISET 2021

Conference

Conference2021 International Symposium on Educational Technology, ISET 2021
Country/TerritoryJapan
CityVirtual, Nagoya
Period10/08/2113/08/21

Keywords

  • doctoral programme
  • Japan
  • media literacy
  • rumours in Orleans
  • social media

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