Teaching Youth to Critically Read and Create Media- Second Edition
Chapter 7. Teacher Education: A Launching Pad for Critical Media Literacy
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A Launching Pad for Critical Media Literacy
Teaching critical media literacy can seem like an overwhelming and difficult task (at least in my case) to take on. For me, this is because I haven’t seen it done very much, or at all really, in any elementary classes (until this year). This class convinced me that not only is critical media literacy necessary and important in student development, but also that it is do-able and accessible to me as an educator. (Castro, 2012)
As this pre-service teacher comments about the critical media literacy course she took in her teacher education program, it is crucial that new teachers are specifically taught how to teach their K–12 students these ideas. This means that schools of education responsible for training the new wave of teachers must be up to date, not just with the latest technology but, more importantly, with pedagogy that will help teachers and students think and act critically, with and about information communication technology (ICT), media, and popular culture. Unfortunately, there are few teacher education programs anywhere in the world that are teaching this (Hobbs, 2007). In Canada, where media literacy is mandatory in every grade from first to twelfth, most new teachers are not receiving media literacy training in their pre-service programs (Wilson & Duncan, 2009). Researchers investigating media education in the United Kingdom (the place where many of the ideas about media literacy first ← 171...
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