ERIC Number: ED206012
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: 0
Mass Media Use by Children and Media Education in Germany.
Wilke, Jurgen; Eschenauer, Barbara
Efforts to include the mass media in school instruction in Germany date back almost as far as the modern mass media themselves. However, the latter were, at best, nearly always used as an instrumental means and not as a subject of education in their own right. The basic findings of a representative survey of teachers in the Federal Republic of Germany presents an ambivalent picture of media education in this sense: even though many teachers use mass media as a subject of their instruction, an obvious lack of consensus exists among them as to the regularity and amount of time spent on it, the aspects of content related to it, and the appropriate methodology with which to approach it. A comparison of the specific data shows that the preference for the printed rather than the audiovisual media and the choice of practical examples for school instruction do not bear enough relevance to the specific use of mass media by children and adolescents, therefore violating a basic educational principle of school instruction. The educational aims of the teachers tend to be determined in this case by a critical distance to the mass media and an uncertainty about their role in the lives of the students rather than by impartiality. (Author/HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Germany; Media Role; Media Use
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (31st, Minneapolis, MN, May 21-25, 1981).