ERIC Number: EJ871358
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 22
Political Conscientization and Media (Il)Literacy: Critiquing the Mainstream Media as a Form of Democratic Engagement
Carr, Paul R.
Multicultural Education, v17 n1 p2-10 Fall 2009
In this article, the author explores the explicit as well as the implicit connection between the media, education and power. He examines data drawn from two Master's level Sociology of Education classes at a university in Ohio with students who are already teachers. The course raises important questions about the potential for doing critical media literacy in schools as well as the general positioning of the subject by teachers. The focus on the media in a class for educators may not have seemed to be overly relevant to the students in the beginning but, based on comments and completed surveys provided by them at the end of the course, the connection to education and democracy is considered to be direct, deep and fundamental. The concern over how educators view or do not view education as a political enterprise underscores the analysis.
Descriptors: Mass Media Effects, Democracy, Media Literacy, Citizen Participation, Consciousness Raising, Politics, Criticism, Educational Sociology, Graduate Students, Student Attitudes, Teacher Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio