Media Literacy: What future?

"Media Education Research: Developing Indicators for Media Education" was the theme of the session "Media Education Research". Maria Oralia Paredes presented three papers in representation of a researcher´s group from Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona.

Oralia explained that her objective was to think about the trends of media literacy in Europe; a new model for measuring media literacy skills (European perspective) and the indicators for assessing the critical understanding of media. In her discourse, she alerted for the fact that there is a real need to empower the literacy on young and old citizens, involving and promoting their participation. The question needs to be reinforced in the traditional media but mostly in the new media, because of the expansion and evolution that is implicit on this environment.

In this study, the authors find two key elements: personal dimension (remounts to individual skills in the use of internet contents and new technologies) and environment of context. For concluding, the researcher said that people use Internet to look for information and, mainly, to communicate. On the other hand, she alerted for the fact that in some countries the media literacy is stronger when we talk about authority.

Some of the people who were in this session gave their contribute to the discussion. Manuel Pinto, from Univgersity of Minho, said that “we need to discuss the relationship between communication and information”; and this point was very debated at the end of the presentation. The main question, exposed by Maria Oralia was: "Do we want and do we need to literate people?"

Patrícia Silveira, Sofia Gomes and Sónia Ribeiro

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