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Understanding New Media Literacy: An Explorative Theoretical Framework

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Journal of Educational Technology & Society Volume 16, Number 4, ISSN 1176-3647 e-ISSN 1176-3647


With the advent of new media technologies, the role of media in a society has been changed that leads researchers to re-construct the meaning of literacy from classic literacy to new media literacy. There have been continuing efforts to understand new media and promote the importance of becoming new media literate among researchers, educators, and policy makers. Fundamental understanding to what is new media literacy still remains unclear. There is only one paper providing the preliminary work in unpacking the framework of new media literacy. Although the developed framework has its merit, more details and information need to further elaborate and refine. In this paper, we acknowledge the two continua framework and endorse four types of literacy comprising of this two-continua. Moreover, we provide ten fine-grained indicators to reflect these four types of literacy. We also propose another new divide that distinguishes Web1.0 from Web2.0. (Contains 2 figures.)


Lin, T.B., Li, J.Y., Deng, F. & Lee, L. (2013). Understanding New Media Literacy: An Explorative Theoretical Framework. Journal of Educational Technology & Society, 16(4), 160-170. Retrieved July 6, 2022 from .

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