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Global Media Literacy in a Digital Age

Teaching Beyond Borders


Edited By Belinha S. De Abreu and Melda N. Yildiz

How do we connect with one another? How do the media portray different cultures and beliefs? What messages are often omitted from media? How do we connect what we see in the worldwide media to the classroom? This book, divided into four parts, serves to answer many of these questions. In Part 1, readers are provided with a historical look at media literacy education while glimpsing the future of this educational movement. Part 2 curates voices from around the globe, from practitioners to researchers, who provide a look at issues that are of consequence in our worldwide society. Part 3 focuses on education through cases studies that give educational perspectives and assessment opportunities. The final section, «Take Action», offers the reader resources for growing global media literacy around the world. This timely resource provides a look at how media literacy education has become a global and interconnected dialogue brought about by the evolution of technology.


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Part 1. Media Literacy Education Framework and Brief History


Part 1 Media Literacy Education Framework and Brief History 1. Media Literacy: Global Connections Belinha s. De aBreu “ The globalization of education marches on inexorably as the integration of economies has created complex webs of capital, trade, information, currencies, services, supply chains, capital markets, information technology grids and tech- nology platforms that form a more intricate, multifaceted system than a model of simple economic competition among nations. The competition for industries to attract talent and for citizens to obtain high-skill, high wage jobs—as well as the need to cooperate on the most pressing issues of our time, such as ter- rorism, water shortages, environmental changes and pandemic diseases—has moved beyond national boundaries, with stakes for success higher than ever.” —Vivian Stewart, World Class Education, 2012 The world is globalized. We exist in a time when the connections we make with each other go beyond the everyday person-to-person and extend to whom we connect with through media. The media are the hub for these connections. They are the conduits and the influencers, the messengers, the producers, the innovators, and the creators. As people, we live within the frames developed by the media, and we have become the communicators as encoders, decoders, and even methods of delivery. The media have become an augmentation of our person. Our distinction that separates us from the media as a tool is our ability to discern and consider the media as a platform, vehicle, tool, and representation. We are in essence where literacy, language,...

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