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Square eyed kids are not one eyed: media education in Australia

Jetnikoff, Anita (2007) Square eyed kids are not one eyed: media education in Australia. Screen Education, 48, pp. 99-108.

Abstract

I lead into this paper with the question, 'what is media education in a democracy?' This paper responds to recent criticisms published in the Australian press, of the 'dumbing down' of English with media studies. Literacy is often implicated as integral to political struggle since it is a gateway to power in a 'developed' culture. To be 'multi literate' requires more than a set of tools or 'skills and drills' applied to print based texts. Media education, which includes media literacy, promotes intellectual engagement, critical analysis and creative application from active users and consumers. If our young students are 'media educated', they are taught about the media by and through it and engage in creating, constructing and even subverting media texts, as well as merely responding to them. Far from becoming singularly square eyed, media educated students can have a more kaleidoscopic view of the world and provide the example of media studies in Queensland as a working example of how this can occur as an educational continuum.

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ID Code: 11087
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Media literacy, media education, media education in Queensland, Media education in Australia, media education and democracy, young people as media consumers
ISSN: 1449-857
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Screen and Media Culture (200212)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Australian Teachers of Media
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:32

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