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Media Literacy in the United States and its latest developments

Friday 11 March 2016, by SIGNIS

Madison, March 11th, 2016 (Frank Baker). The Journal of Media Literacy brings together the thinking and experiences of the major pioneers, the current practitioners, and the future thinkers in media literacy in the United States. It is produced twice a year, and is the only in-depth North American print journal in media education. For the theme of each issue, the editorial board invites an expert guest co-editor and outstanding contributors in their field.

The last issue of 2015 has as theme: “Finding Common Ground: Media Literacy and the Common Core Standards”. It looks at media literacy under the lens of today’s reforms in the United States, in particular the complicated, multifaceted, and controversial attempts to establish a nationwide common core of basic standards in education, in the hope that this will improve its ranking in the world.

For this issue which can be read here, Frank Baker is the guest editor, who has based much of his research in following national trends in educational standards. The editors of the magazine are grateful for his leadership in pulling together this group of authors which includes intellectuals, practitioners, and critics who provide comparisons of pedagogy, theories and models of learning, and classroom examples.

There are teachers working to keep Media Literacy and Media Arts electives alive within the Common Core environment. Others are making Common Core and Media Literacy connections to Social Studies, Library Science, News and Film Studies, Visual and Media Design, and the broader issues of Globalization and Privacy. These authors represent the work that all of us in the field of Media Literacy champion, educating today’s youth who are swimming in the media-saturated culture of the 21st century, and yet doing so within the institutional guidelines of the Common Core State Standards.

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