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ERIC Number: EJ1178726
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2167-8715
Radio Waves and Curriculum Pathways: Jamaican "At Risk" Learners Construct Media
Feraria, Paulette J.
Journal of Media Literacy Education, v10 n1 p42-58 2018
This paper explores radio play as an alternative space for learning language and literacy for Jamaican students labeled as 'at-risk' learners. Through the creation of a make-believe radio station in the classroom, students developed oral language skills as a necessary precursor for social literacy. They connected reading and writing activities and the simulated classroom radio station promoted the development of learners' self-efficacy. The students' use of the learning space as newscasters, hosts, writers and reporters revealed that those who took risks in learning language and literacy in these spaces subverted the label of 'at-risk-learners' and repositioned themselves as risk-takers in constructing literacy. Pedagogies of enjoyment and empowerment emerged in learners' autonomous spaces as radio play was the catalyst for listening to speak, speaking to write and writing to read in the Radio-Active Classroom setting.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education; Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Jamaica
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