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ERIC Number: EJ1095262
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: EISSN-2167-8715
Voices from the Field: "Sounds Great, but I Don't Have Time!" Helping Teachers Meet Their Goals and Needs with Media Literacy Education
Scheibe, Cynthia
Journal of Media Literacy Education, v1 n1 p68-71 2009
The growing time pressure that teachers face actually comes in two forms, both of which need to be resolved successfully in order for media literacy education to gain a real foothold in U.S. schools. First, teachers constantly face the challenge of trying to fit all of the content and engaging activities into the school day and school year, without having to give up other equally important--and often required--curriculum material. Second, whenever teachers decide to incorporate something new into their teaching, they face increased preparation time (at least initially); when the new approach includes special training or the use of new technologies, that increased prep time may be substantial. This is not just a problem for K-12 teachers; it is at least as much of a challenge-- perhaps more-- in undergraduate teacher education programs where most of the courses and content is mandated for certification. And conversely, because media literacy education is not taught in teacher education programs, most K-12 teachers do face increased prep time in learning how to incorporate it into their teaching. This article describes challenges that beset of Media literacy educators working in staff and curriculum development as they grapple with trying to find ways to solve this dilemma.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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