Presentation Nicoleta Fotiade - MEDEAnet webinar "Researching Media Literacy in Europe"


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This presentation was given by Nicoleta Fotiade as part of the MEDEAnet webinar on "Researching Media Literacy in Europe" on 28 November 2013. MEDEAnet aims to promote media-based learning to organisations and practitioners through local training and networking events, online resources and knowledge sharing. MEDEAnet will also exploit best practices of the annual competition MEDEA Awards and extend its existing informal network and support the MEDEA Association, a membership organisation that ensures the sustainability of the MEDEA Awards. More info:

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  • Integrated modules or learning objectives across different subjects, separate subject (RO), in ES ML- cross-curricular theme since 2002; BE – ML more extensively defined and present in policy papers
  • the use of film and documentary film to illustrate various topics is most encouraged in most of the studied curricula as well as the use of multimedia tools in various teaching and learning situations
  • Presentation Nicoleta Fotiade - MEDEAnet webinar "Researching Media Literacy in Europe"

    1. 1. Promoting media-based learning to organisations and practitioners through local training and networking events, online resources and knowledge sharing Charting Media & Learning in Europe 2012 The Romanian Chapter Nicoleta Fotiade ActiveWatch, Romania December 5, 2013 1
    2. 2. The MEDEAnet Survey 2012 • 2nd in a series of three reports • AIM: to chart the media and learning landscape in Europe • MORE Specifically: it describes the situation at national and regional level for Estonia, Greece, Romania, Baden-Wurttemberg (DE), Flanders (BE) and Upper Austria. December 5, 2013 2
    3. 3. The MEDEAnet Survey 2012 • It builds on the contents of the first report • MAIN FOCUS on curriculum design and highlights of good practice, • DISTINCTION between (a) media-based learning and (b) education for media literacy. December 5, 2013 3
    4. 4. Media Literacy (ML) Definitions • Diversity of perspectives of the MEDEAnet partners, • 3 important common components of the ML definitions: ability, opportunity and attitude (please see Comparative Exercise in report). December 5, 2013 4
    5. 5. The MEDEAnet Survey 2012 MAIN CONCLUSIONS • Minimal changes in ME policy, • Strong difference in the national initiatives for ME (possible reason: difference in school autonomy), • A variety of ways integrating ML in curriculum, • Possible discrepancy between ML in curriculum and effective daily classroom practice, • Still space for growth from the ICT approach to the cultural one. December 5, 2013 5
    6. 6. The MEDEAnet Survey 2012 MAIN Recommendations • National policy should acknowledge media literacy for compulsory education (RO/GR/BG/EE) • Better coordination at state level to put media education into practice (DE/BE/AUS), • More investment in teacher training (all partner countries), • More academic research and dialogue between media and education researchers and the teaching staff. December 5, 2013 6
    7. 7. Promoting media-based learning to organisations and practitioners through local training and networking events, online resources and knowledge sharing The ROMANIAN Chapter December 5, 2013 7
    8. 8. The ROMANIAN Chapter – FINDINGS At education policy level: • Still no mention of media literacy in its wider understanding in policy papers, • In 2012 several media and learning upgrades (focus on ICT education and e-learning). December 5, 2013 8
    9. 9. The ROMANIAN Chapter FINDINGS • Media education is available sporadically for high school students, much less for younger children, and nearly at all for adults. • Quasi-absence of academic research in the field of media and education and training programs. • Lack of institutional support for teachers willing to innovate. December 5, 2013 9
    10. 10. Curriculum Design – data collection • 608 subject curriculum documents (key-word search), • Compulsory education, • Both core and optional national school curricula. December 5, 2013 10
    11. 11. M&L Relevant Curriculum M&L Curricula in the Romanian Compulsory Education Total number of Number of subject curriculum Level of Education curriculum documents with documents M&L references studied Primary education 30 9 (30%) Gimnazium (5th to 23 14 (61%) 8th grade) Highschool Secondary general (including education 555 187 (34%) professional and technology education) Total 608 210 (35%) December 5, 2013 11
    12. 12. Keywords in the Curriculum (primary/secondary) December 5, 2013 12
    13. 13. The ROMANIAN Chapter – M&L in the Curriculum • Although most of the M&L references indeed present in the core curriculum of secondary education, not mandatory in practice. • Mainly teaching-with-the-media recommendations, very few learning objectives with media literacy relevance. December 5, 2013 13
    14. 14. The ROMANIAN Chapter – M&L in the Curriculum • ICT education - optional at primary school level and compulsory during secondary education, • Media education as a separate optional subject and embedded into the Social Studies core curriculum (12th grade, 18-19 years old), • Also several integrated-modules in civic education curriculum (lower secondary education). December 5, 2013 14
    15. 15. The ROMANIAN Chapter – Recommendations • Media literacy – important for the present curriculum reform, • Support for teacher training programs, • Academic involvement is key – research, training and dialogue with teachers for a nation-wide integration of media literacy in formal education. December 5, 2013 15
    16. 16. Thank you Visit our website For further questions This project has been funded with support from the European Commission December 5, 2013 16