Defining Media Literacy: From Concept to Standards to Skills
Karen Richardson, The College of William and Mary, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Antonio, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-61-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
The emerging field of media literacy is fragmented, including varied definitions, key concepts, and ideas about focus. Content analyses of existing definitions, standards, and skills were used to develop a definition of media literacy and 10 standards with suggested skills relating to each standard. Interviews with knowledgeable K-12 practitioners were conducted to review the definition, standards and skills. Information from these practitioners was used to revise the definition, standards and skills to produce a final document that can aid both teachers who wish to integrate media and media literacy in their classrooms and researchers who wish to study that integration. In addition, the document developed through the study will form the basis of a website that includes examples of media literacy standards and skills related to content areas and grade levels.
Richardson, K. (2007). Defining Media Literacy: From Concept to Standards to Skills. In R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2007--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1326-1331). San Antonio, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).