ERIC Number: ED439452
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
The Uses (and Misuses) of Mass Media Resources in Secondary Schools.
A survey of 130 secondary teachers determined their existing uses of mass media materials in the classroom, including newspapers, magazines, videotapes, computers, and video camcorders. Teachers also reported on their attitudes about the impact of the mass media on youth; their perceptions of students' interest in current events; the value and pleasures associated with watching television; the importance of using computers and new technologies; and young people's interest in celebrities, athletes, and musicians. Teachers were asked to define the phrase "media literacy" and were asked to assess the frequency of their colleagues using media for noneducational purposes, including to fill time, to keep students quiet, or to be used as a reward for good behavior. Results indicated that teachers are well aware of misuses of media in schools--85% indicated they had observed teachers use media resources in ways that may not be educational. Also, 75% of teachers have heard of the phrase "media literacy," but few define it according to the definition established by experts in the field. Most of the noneducational use of media resources identified in the study are tied to teachers' use of media texts as vehicles for delivering content. (Contains 4 tables of data and 11 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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