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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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Afterword: Media Literacy Goes Global



Half a century ago, media educators called for “media literacy [to go] into the classroom.” Today, media literacy has to go global. The 21st century is an era of transformation. We have witnessed great social and technological changes in the new millennium, and media literacy also has had a paradigm shift. The notion of media literacy no doubt has incorporated a global dimension. This book, Global Media Literacy in a Digital Age, is a timely academic exploration on this new development.

In the past two decades, scholars and researchers have identified a number of future-shaping forces in our world (Castells, 2000; Friedman, 2006; Gratton, 2011; Tvede, 2010), and these forces are definitely related to the development of media literacy. The key elements include technological development, social transformation, and the rise of the Net generation. Taking all of these new social drivers into account, authors of this book magnificently place media literacy in context historically, socially, and educationally, for scrutiny within a wider field of globalization.

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