ERIC Number: EJ871721
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
Critical Media Literacy in Middle School: Exploring the Politics of Representation
Gainer, Jesse S.
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v53 n5 p364-373 Feb 2010
This article explores issues of critical media literacy with middle school students in an urban setting in the United States. The author focuses on data from a qualitative study engaging students in the reading and writing of video texts. The article examines intersections of issues relating to the "crisis of representation" in social science research and critical media literacy pedagogy. The middle school participants involved in this media literacy project proved to be quite articulate in regard to their critique of mainstream media. In addition, the students resisted teacher-centered approaches to critical media literacy that would have them creating counternarratives based on the "politics of the mundane." The author argues for the importance of a critical media literacy pedagogy that is careful to make curricular space for students' discussions and explorations of issues of representation in media texts.
Descriptors: Social Science Research, Social Sciences, Media Literacy, Middle School Students, Urban Schools, Video Technology, Critical Thinking, Political Issues, Mass Media Effects, Ethnography, Social Attitudes, Racial Bias, Democracy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
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