Presentation Title

What's needed now: Critical media literacy in teacher education

Biographical Sketch

Allison Butler is a Lecturer, Chief Undergraduate Advisor, and the Director of the Media Literacy Certificate Program in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Amherst, MA, where she teaches courses on critical media literacy and representations of education in the media. Butler directs the grassroots organization, Mass Media Literacy (www.massmedialiteracy.org), where she develops teacher training, and curriculum for the inclusion of critical media literacy in Massachusetts K-12 public schools. She is the Co-President of ACME (Action Coalition for Media Education) Board and serves on the Board of the Media Freedom Foundation. She is the author of numerous articles and two books on media literacy, Media Education Goes to School (Peter Lang, 2010) and Majoring in Change (Peter Lang, 2012).

Type of Presentation

Individual presentation

Brief Description of Presentation

A key gap in critical media literacy inclusion is the absence of teacher training. Critical media literacy is needed in classrooms – but how are teachers supposed to integrate it without training? This presentation shares research on teacher education and media literacy to illustrate how these two seemingly different areas are closely connected: Prospective teachers trained in media literacy will be able to integrate key concepts across subject matters and infuse media literacy in their curriculum planning and lesson development.

Abstract of Proposal

Critical media literacy is needed in classrooms – but how are teachers supposed to integrate it without training? Sharing research on teacher education and media literacy, this presentation illustrates how prospective teachers trained in critical media literacy will be able to make media literacy part of, rather than an addition to, their lesson planning and curriculum development. With examples of possible ways to include the study of the media into various classes, this presentation aims to illustrate the necessity of critical media literacy training as part of teacher education.

Location

Session 5B (Summit, Double Tree)

Start Date

2-23-2019 10:15 AM

End Date

2-23-2019 11:45 AM

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What's needed now: Critical media literacy in teacher education

Session 5B (Summit, Double Tree)

Critical media literacy is needed in classrooms – but how are teachers supposed to integrate it without training? Sharing research on teacher education and media literacy, this presentation illustrates how prospective teachers trained in critical media literacy will be able to make media literacy part of, rather than an addition to, their lesson planning and curriculum development. With examples of possible ways to include the study of the media into various classes, this presentation aims to illustrate the necessity of critical media literacy training as part of teacher education.