ERIC Number: EJ1064723
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
Media Literacy in Action? What Are We Teaching in Introductory College Media Studies Courses?
Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, v70 n2 p161-173 Jun 2015
An introductory media studies course is a staple of post-secondary education. What are instructors teaching in this course, and to what extent are the principles of media literacy education being incorporated into this likely home? This article reports the findings of a small survey of instructors, who describe aspects of their course content and pedagogy. Media literacy appears to provide a basic foundation in most cases, though instructors struggle with structural constraints. Findings suggest that more focus should be placed on teaching the political and economic contexts of media, and that instructors should embrace active learning and creative engagement.
Descriptors: Media Literacy, Introductory Courses, College Instruction, College Faculty, Course Content, Teacher Surveys, Student Evaluation, Barriers, Educational Objectives, Learner Engagement, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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