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Media Literacy Education in Action

Theoretical and Pedagogical Perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by Belinha S. De Abreu, Paul Mihailidis


244 pages

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Media Literacy Education in Action brings together the field’s leading scholars and advocates to present a snapshot of the theoretical and conceptual development of media literacy education—what has influenced it, current trends, and ideas about its future. Featuring a mix of perspectives, it explores the divergent ways in which media literacy is connected to educational communities and academic areas in both local and global contexts. The volume is structured around seven themes:

• Media Literacy: Past and Present

• Digital Media and Learning

• Global Perspectives

• Public Spaces

• Civic Activism

• Policy and Digital Citizenship

• Future Connections

Compelling, well-organized, and authoritative, this one-stop resource for understanding more about media literacy education across disciplines, cultures, and divides offers the fresh outlook that is needed at this point in time. Globally, as more and more states and countries call for media literacy education more explicitly in their curriculum guidelines, educators are being required to teach media literacy in both elementary and secondary education contexts.


"Across the diverse contributions [of this volume], several key themes emerge, but perhaps the most significant is to do with the changing nature of contemporary media–and particularly the impact of digital technology …. As an old-timer in the field, I know that we are unlikely ever to arrive at a point where we can all sign up to a single definition and prescription for media literacy education. This is the case in most other areas of education, and it’s a healthy phenomenon: we should let the thousand flowers bloom."

David Buckingham, Loughborough University, UK, From the Foreword

"Presenting a fresh perspective on media literacy at this point in time, the overall theme of this book is that media literacy is relevant in new ways in our changing, mediated society. The list of contributors reads like a "who’s who" in media literacy education."

Hans Schmidt, Pennsylvania State University, Brandywine, USA

Table of Contents

Foreword, David Buckingham Introduction Belinha S. De Abreu and Paul Mihailidis Part I: Media Literacy: Past and Present 1. Media Literacy: An Incomplete Project Julian McDougall 2. Voices of Media Literacy Tessa Jolls and Dee Morgenthaler 3. Media Literacy Education in Ontario Neil Andersen Part II: Digital Media and Learning 4. A Case for Curation as a Media Literacy Imperative for Participatory Culture Paul Mihailidis 5.Lessons Learned from Amanda Baggs: Implications for New Media Literacies Education Margaret Hagood 6. Visualization as a New Media Literacy Erin Reilly 7. The World is a Village: Conceptualizing Uses of New Media in "Flat Classrooms" William Kist Part III: Global Perspectives 8. Towards a European Network for Media Literacy: A Nordic Perspective on Challenges in a Global Society Per Lundgren 9. Media Literacy through Arts Education in Australia Michael Dezuanni and Annette Woods 10. Sowing the Seeds of Digital and Media Literacy in Lebanon and the Arab World: The Importance of a Locally Grown and Sustainable Curriculum Jad Melki 11. Hong Kong Media Education in the Web 2.0 Era: Engaging with the Net Generation Alice Lee Part IV: Public Spaces 12. Towards the Integration of Media and Information Literacy: A Rationale for a 21st Century Approach Marcus Leaning 13. A Promising Future: U.S. Public Libraries as Informal Media Literacy Educators Denise Agosto and Rachel M. Magee 14. School Libraries, Media Literacy and the Potential for Civic Engagement Gayle Bogel 15. Why Media Arts Curriculum Standards Could Improve Media Arts and Critical Media Literacy in K-12 Settings Amy Petersen Jensen Part V: Civic Activism 16. What Are We Really Teaching?: Outline for an Activist Media Literacy Education Katherine G. Fry 17. Should I Really Kill My Television?: Negotiating Common Ground Among Media Literacy Scholars, Educators, and Activists Lori Bindig and James Castonguay 18. Shrinking the Divide: Solving Social Inequalities Through Media Literacy Education Nick Pernisco 19. Game-based Civic Learning in Public Participation Processes Eric Gordon and Steven Schirra Part VI: Policy and Digital Citizenship 20. On the Difficulties of Promoting Media Literacy Sonia Livingstone and Yin-Han Wang 21. Media Literacy Education: A Requirement for Today’s Digital Citizens Frank Gallagher 22. Emerging from K-12 Future Shock: How to blend digital and media literacy into the Common Core Standards Rhys Daunic 23. Grasping the Complexities of U.S. Educational Policy and the Classroom: How to Move Media Literacy Education Forward Belinha S. De Abreu Part VII: Future Connections 24. Media Literacy Preparation in Undergraduate Teacher Training: An American and Australian Perspective David M. Considine and Michael M. Considine 25. Rhetoric in a New Key: Media Literacy Education for the 21st Century University Gretchen Schwarz 26. International Media and Informational Literacy: A Conceptual Framework Art Silverblatt, Yupa Saisanan Na Ayudhya, and Kit Jenkins

About the Editors

Belinha S. De Abreu is Assistant Professor of Educational Technology at Fairfield University, US

Paul Mihailidis is Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at Emerson College, US

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Arts & Humanities
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies