ERIC Number: ED363307
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Information Literacy Meets Media Literacy and Visual Literacy.
Sutton, Ronald E.
Current definitions of three media literacies are offered from a theoretical and practical standpoint. Information literacy means that a person must be able to recognize when information is needed, and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information. In response to the concerns of legislators and organizations such as the American Library Association, the National Forum on Information Literacy was established in 1989 to promote the concept at the national level. Media literacy is the ability to decode, analyze, evaluate, and produce communication in a variety of forms. The key organization in the United States working for this goal is Strategies for Media Literacy, but there are a number of other national and international organizations with the same purposes. Visual literacy, which may be defined as the ability to recognize and understand ideas conveyed through visible actions or images, is 25 years old as a concept, and has been promoted by a number of individuals and organizations over the years. Helping all people cope creatively with the new and exponentially expanding world of media seems to require these forms of literacy. (SLD)
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