ERIC Number: EJ885522
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Reference Count: 40
Teachers Need Media Literacy, Too!
Goetze, Sandra K.; Brown, Diane S.; Schwarz, Gretchen
Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education, v104 n1 p161-179 Apr 2005
If media literacy is to become part of the K-12 school experience, enabling transformation in both curriculum and teaching, then teachers need to become literate first. Teachers cannot teach what they have not learned, and learned to value, themselves. Although more American teachers are becoming knowledgeable about media literacy, much remains to be done. A study by Yates (1997) based on over 300 surveys of diverse teachers in a small southeastern city showed that although teachers may believe in the value of media literacy, nearly half (48%) cited lack of training as a barrier to their teaching media literacy, and 84% agreed that future teachers should receive college training in the area. This chapter examines the teaching of media literacy to the teachers. The authors suggest that professional development for practicing teachers, whether through projects or through graduate work, may be the most effective route to teaching teachers about media literacy. Some important work has begun across the nation, but teaching teachers remains a significant task.
Descriptors: Media Literacy, Professional Development, Teacher Education Curriculum, Partnerships in Education, Graduate Study, College School Cooperation, Preservice Teacher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Undergraduate Study, Thinking Skills, Critical Reading, Critical Viewing, Discourse Analysis, Nonprint Media, Social Influences, Information Technology, Critical Thinking, Teaching Methods, Multimedia Materials, Definitions, Program Descriptions, Educational Principles, Educational Needs, Educational Resources, Web Sites
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