Critical Media Literacy in Secondary Schools

Authored by: Pamela U. Brown , Gretchen Schwarz

Handbook of Research on Teaching Literacy Through the Communicative and Visual Arts

Print publication date:  December  2007
Online publication date:  April  2015

Print ISBN: 9780805856996
eBook ISBN: 9781315759616
Adobe ISBN: 9781317639701

10.4324/9781315759616.ch48

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Abstract

Middle-school and high-school students and their teachers need to develop an ability to analyze critically the media with which they are bombarded through television, magazines, radio, the Internet, advertisements inside and outside school settings, and even curriculum materials with which they are presented. Arguing otherwise seems counterintuitive to the generally accepted educational aim of creating citizens capable of “fulfilling the duties of citizenship in a participatory democracy” (National Council for the Social Studies, 1994) or able “to pursue life’s goals and to participate fully as informed, productive members of society” (National Council of Teachers of English, 1996).

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