Author

Kasey Moore

Date

Spring 5-14-2015

Document Type

Education 530 Project

First Advisor

Davis, Janine

Degree Name

Master of Education

Major or Concentration

Education

Department

Education

Abstract

The use of current events in the classroom can promote students' political efficacy and knowledge, but these assignments need to be used meaningfully. One way to make current events education meaningful is to combine it with media literacy education. Media literacy encompasses other literacies such as reading, writing, computer, and information literacy, but applies them specifically to the analysis of media. This study aims to show the effect of media literacy on students' ability to critically examine current events in a high school government classroom. Students partook in a four-lesson unit focusing on different aspects of media literacy as they relate to current event media sources. The data was triangulated with three types of data: pre-test and post-test current event assignment, lesson activities, and informal conversations and observations. All eight participants demonstrated improvement in their critical questioning of current events.

Language

English

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Education Commons

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