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ERIC Number: EJ914327
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1542-4715
Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Media Literacy Education for Young Children
Rogow, Faith
Library Media Connection, v29 n4 p11-13 Jan-Feb 2011
Inquiry-based media literacy is an increasingly important component of an educator's toolbox. The author's own concerns about definitions of media literacy have given way to a focus on establishing clear goals for media literacy education. The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) articulates these goals: "The purpose of media literacy education is to develop the "habits of inquiry" and "skills of expression" needed to be critical thinkers, effective communicators and active citizens in today's world." No matter what the next new gadget is, students will need to be able to analyze the content to which it provides access, reflect on the meaning of that content for themselves and others, and evaluate its utility for accomplishing their own communication tasks. The essence of inquiry-based media literacy education is asking questions. Inquiry comes naturally to most children. When media literacy education provides an outlet for young students' curiosity, children embrace it enthusiastically, because, as the old advertising slogan goes, inquiring minds "want" to know. In this article, the author discusses a new role for library media professionals as logical coordinators for inquiry-based media literacy education efforts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Kindergarten; Preschool Education; Primary Education
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Language: English
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