Fábio Ribeiro MediaED Lab Training course7-16 May 2012 | Riga, Bernati, Latvia
Media literacy: how is it defined? CONTEXT A dominant concern all over Europe, starting from the 90’s; Group of skills and competences that citizens are able to develop so that they can learn how media culture is presented to the society. «Media literacy is a matter of inclusion and citizenship in the today’s information society, in order to avoid or decrease the risks associated with life in common» 1. Access to information and communication; 2. Critical understanding of the world; 3. Creative use of media in terms of an active citizenship.
Current situation There is no school curriculum specially dedicated to MEDIA LITERACY. Politicians seem to drive their attention to students’ digital competences. 2001 reorganization of the curricula: Education for the Citizenship; Information and Communication Technologies; Project Area; Civic Education; Accompanied Study – secondary level ; 2012 Information and Communication Technologies will be excluded of the school curricula. ‘Children do not need to learn how to work with computers, because they already know the basic skills’, Education Minister said.
Best practices - booklets Media Education in Booklets free download.
Best practices - partnerships Informal Group on Media Literacy and Information Society - 2009 National Commission of UNESCO National Council for the Education The (state) media regulatory entity/ The Portuguese media regulator Bureau for the Mass Media Communication Ministry of Education Agency for the Knowledge Society Communication & Society Research Centre
Best practices - Research projects Participation and digital inclusion EU Kids Online Navigating with ‘Magalhães’ PhD thesis in Media Education Perspectives on digital literacy in the public politics: the case of the Educational and technological Plan: link.
Best practices - Research projects Media Education in Portugal: experiences, actors and contexts A portrait of media education activities across the country, a critical overlook into the most significant ones and the ones that are missing. Free download available here.
Best practices - initiatives 1st Congress of Literacy, Media and Citizenship Braga, March 2011 A forum of discussion among 300 researchers, media educators, government officials, teachers, theatre clubs, libraries, students. Important output: the Braga Declaration for Media Literacy 2011. Available here.
Best practices - Braga Declaration 2011 1 – fostering the relationship between organizations and creating action programmes to disseminate information towards media education; 2 – establishing local, national and international partnerships; 3 – promoting a deeper knowledge of the Portuguese reality in this field by enhancing research projects in this area; 4 – strengthening the ties among teachers and other media professionals, trying to explain how letting people learn with mass media is a matter of citizenship;
Best practices - Braga Declaration 2011 5 – exploring the connection between media literacy and school curricula, based upon an up-to-date framework of how media are build nowadays; 6 – developing accountability and participation among citizens, in a close relationship with the state regulator; 7 – organizing national meetings to raise discussion of the present conditions in social life that can promote this area of studies; 8 – creating a Media Literacy Observatory.
Best practices - Media Literacy Observatory An online guide towards Media Education: - A theoretical overview of Media Literacy; - Political framework; - Best practices report; - Formation suggestions; - (...). Check it here (still in preparation)