ERIC Number: ED415568
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Media Literacy: A Health Education Perspective.
Yates, Bradford L.
This paper argues for an increase in media literacy training to help students combat the mixed health messages found in the media. Media literacy is defined as the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and produce media messages. Much of the paper deals with laying out specific exercises school health educators and other teachers can use to incorporate media literacy into health education. The paper suggests that through media literacy students can learn to evaluate critically the health messages in various media outlets. Once students realize how the media package messages, they will be more aware of what to look for and how to interpret what they see and hear. Health related messages will be scrutinized and judged with a critical eye; such scrutiny should make students more aware of their health and encourage them to avoid behaviors detrimental to their health. Contains 72 references. (Author/NKA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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