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ERIC Number: EJ1071871
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: EISSN-2167-8715
The Other Side of Media Literacy Education: Possible Selves, Social Capital, and Positive Youth Development
Young, Joslyn Sarles
Journal of Media Literacy Education, v2 n3 p230-237 2011
This article looks at media literacy education as a critical part of education for today's youth, focusing not only on the critical thinking and technical skills it provides, but also the other side of these programs--the many social benefits they offer in addition to their skill development. To draw attention to this quieter side of media literacy education, the author presents a program that focused on both the individual growth and the social supports that can be developed. The research was conducted in the summer of 2009 during a six-week film production program, the Chester "Voices for Change" (VFC) Summer Institute. The program was based in Chester, Pennsylvania, for local teens, aged 12-18, with training in film production. This study found that youth involved in the VFC media production program were able to develop possible selves and establish a strong sense of group identity, which created new sources of social capital for the participants.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
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