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Critical Media Literacy

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What is Critical Media Literacy?


Facilitating students' critical media literacy is a crucial pedagogical goal for undergraduate education in our media-saturated era. For sociology students, in particular, learning to critically evaluate media of all sorts, is necessary for understanding the contemporary social world. As Kellner and Share (2007) articulate their view of critical media literacy:


"The type of critical media literacy that we propose ... focuses on ideology critique and analyzing the politics of representation of crucial dimensions of gender, race, class, and sexuality; incorporating alternative media production; and expanding textual analysis to include issues of social context, control, resistance, and pleasure. A critical media literacy approach also expands literacy to include information literacy, technical literacy, multimodal literacy, and other attempts to broaden print literacy concepts to include different tools and modes of communicating (Kellner, 1998). In addition to these elements, critical media literacy brings an understanding of ideology, power, and domination that challenges relativist and apolitical notions of most media education in order to guide teachers and students in their explorations of how power and information are always linked. This approach embraces the notion of the audience as active in the process of making meaning, as a cultural struggle between dominant readings, oppositional readings or negotiated readings."


Bibliography about Critical Media Literacy and Documentaries in the Classroom


Andrist, Lester, Valerie Chepp, Paul Dean, and Michael V. Miller. (2014). "Toward a Video Pedagogy A Teaching Typology with Learning Goals." Teaching Sociology (0092055X14524962.


Daniels, Jessie. (2012). " 'I Grasped More of It': Transforming Student Engagement through Documentary and Critical Media Literacy.” Theory in Action 5 (2): 5-29.


Daniels, Jessie. (2011).  "Digital Video: Engaging Students in Critical Media Literacy and Community Activism." Explorations in Media Ecology Vol.10 (1 & 2):137-147.


Holtman, Janet. (2002). "Documentary Prison Films and the Production of Disciplinary Institutional ‘Truth.’" Postmodern Culture 13.


Kahn, Richard, and Douglas Kellner. (2005). "Reconstructing Technoliteracy: a multiple literacies approach." E-Learning 2:238-251.


Kellner, Douglas. (2004). "Technological Transformation, Multiple Literacies and the Re-visioning of Education." E-Learning 1:9-37.


Hobbs, R. (2007). "Media literacy as a dimension of global literacy." UNESCO Regional Conference in Support of Global Literacy. Qatar Foundation Innovations in Education Symposium 3. Literacy Challenges in the Arab Region: Building Partnerships and Promoting Innovative Approaches, March 13, 2007, Doha, Qatar.


Hobbs, R. (2006). "Non-optimal uses of video in the classroom." Learning Media and Technology 31(1):35-50.


Hobbs, R. and R. Frost. (2003). "Measuring the acquisition of media-literacy skills," Reading Research Quarterly 38(3):330-355.


Hodgetts, Darrin, and Kerry Chamberlain. (2006). "Developing a Critical Media Research Agenda for Health Psychology." Journal of Health Psychology 11:217-327.


Kellner, Douglas and Jeff Share. (2007). "Critical Media Literacy is Not an Option."  Learning Inquiry, DOI 10.1007/s11519-007-0004-2.


Kellner, Douglas and Jeff Share (2005). "Toward Critical Media Literacy: Core concepts, debates, organizations, and policy." Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, Volume 26, Issue 3, Pp. 369 – 386.


Kellner, Douglas (2004). "Technological transformation, multiple literacies, and the re-visioning of education." Chapter 9,The International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments, Joel Weiss, Jason Nolan, Jeremy Hunsinger and Peter Trifon (Eds.)


LaMarre, Heather L. and Kristen D. Landreville (2009). "When is Fiction as Good as Fact? Comparing the Influence of Documentary and Historical Reenactment Films on Engagement, Affect, Issue Interest, and Learning," Mass Communication and Society 12:537-555.


Livingstone, Sonia. (2004). "Media literacy and the challenges of new information and communication technologies." The Communication Review 7:3-14.


Muller, Marion. (2008). "Visual competence: a new paradigm for studying visuals in the social sciences?" Visual Studies 23 (2):101-112.


Saldaña, Johnny. (2009). "Methods Courses Popular Film as an Instructional Strategy in Qualitative Research." Qualitative Inquiry 15: 247-261.


Stack, M., Kelly, D.M.  (2006). "Popular media, education, and resistance" Canadian Journal of Education, Volume 29; Part 1, Pp. 5-26.


Swimelar, Safia. (2009).  "Visual Culture and Pedagogy: Teaching Human Rights with Film and Images." global-e: a global studies journal.  Available online.


Tobias, J.A. (2008). "Culturally Relevant Media Studies: A Review of Approaches and Pedagogies"  SIMILE: Studies In Media & Information Literacy Education, Volume 8, Number 4 / November, Pp.1-17.




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