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Media Literacy in Schools

Media Literacy in Schools
Practice, Production and Progression

  • Andrew Burn - Institute of Education, The London Knowledge Lab
  • James Durran - Parkside Community College, Cambridge

June 2007 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This book is for secondary English, Media, and ICT teachers who want to develop practical media work and media literacy across the curriculum. It is ideal for secondary English and media teachers and curriculum leaders in secondary schools, as well as ICT teachers and co-ordinators, PGCE English/Media students, and researchers working on media, English and ICT projects.


A range of case studies are presented which show how digital media work can be produced in schools, drawing on children's own cultural knowledge. It also shows the benefits of such projects in terms of learning outcomes and increased self-esteem for a range of learners. The book comes with a CD-Rom of children's work from the various case study projects, exhibiting the high standard of film clips and animations that can be produced with the help of this text.


With an integrated approach drawing together practice, theory and research, the book will help teachers to plan for and develop their own media projects in school. It offers advice on integrating media work across the curriculum (in English and media classes as well as in ICT and citizenship), and presents a model of progression which shows how learning can develop from the first years of secondary school through to GCSE level. In line with current government initiatives to open up curriculum boundaries, the book shows how to plan for longer periods of time for these projects.

1. What Is Media Literacy?
2. Designing Superheroes: Cultural Functions of Comic Strip Literacy
3. Animation, Moving Image Literacy and Creativity
4. Hospital Dramas: Critical Creativity and Moving Image Literacy
5. Teaching Horror: Interpretation as Digital Anatomy
6. Selling Chocolate: Rhetoric, Representation and Agency
7. Game Literacy: Ludic and Narrative Design
8. The Horizontal Angle: Media Literacy Accross the Curriculum
9. The Vertical Angle: Progression in Media Literacy
10. Back to the Future: Possibilities and Pitfalls for Media Literacy

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