Teaching Youth to Critically Read and Create Media- Second Edition
Jeff Share has long been an advocate of teaching critical media literacy to children and has seen the importance of making media studies an essential part of education from K–12 through the university level. An award-winning photojournalist whose work appeared in Life, Time, Newsweek, and many other publications, Share turned to public school teaching on the elementary school level when he became disillusioned with journalism. Teaching a bilingual fourth grade class at Leo Politi Elementary School in downtown Los Angeles, Share began integrating media literacy concepts into his core curriculum. He taught his students how to look critically at images and the media that surround them. His students also became media makers and used cameras as tools to communicate their ideas and concerns with people outside their classroom. Share’s fourth graders explored their community, their cultures, and their mediated lives as hands-on social studies researchers and language arts reporters. After 6 years of teaching, Share left the classroom to work on Project SMARTArt (Students using Media, Art, Reading, and Technology), a federal grant, training 23 teachers and artists at Leo Politi Elementary School from 2001 to 2004.
← xi | xii → After these years of teaching media literacy in the trenches of public schools, Jeff decided to get his PhD at UCLA in 2003, and I happily took him on as a student. Not surprisingly, Share wrote his PhD dissertation on Critical Media Literacy, which was concluded in 2006. During this time, we...
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