Media Lit / Community Colleges– Abstract and Table of Contents

 

 

 

 

Media Literacy Curriculum

And Digital Literacy:

New Directions for Teaching and Learning

in the Community College

 

By Jeffrey Goldthorpe

 

 

 

 

We don’t know who discovered water, but we’re pretty sure it wasn’t the fish.

-attributed to Marshall McLuhan

A democratic civilization will save itself only if it makes the language of the image into a stimulus for critical reflection, not an invitation to hypnosis.

-Umberto Eco

Teaching and learning in an age of information can be at its most liberating when literacy, technology and pedagogy are aligned toward a common purpose: a democratic education that improves the life chances of all children.  These include: (a) critical literacy that teaches about information as well as with information; (b) experiential education that employs communication tools for student use in experimental and investigatory ways; and (c) critical pedagogy that supports constructivist, inquiry-based, and democratic practices.

– Kathleen Tyner

Pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will.

-Antonio Gramsci

 

                                            Abstract

A communications revolution is in progress, with previously separate media such as print, photography, radio, and television converging into a single (multi-media) digital stream. How should literacy educators respond?  The report suggests that they teach, not just through, but about digital media, so that students can become self-conscious, media-conscious users of the digital medium.  Community college literacy educators often adapt to pressures by narrowing their focus to discrete print literacy skills, while their students acquire digital literacy skills outside of formal education, often in a limited, pragmatic, and unreflective way.  Students may misunderstand literacy education as archaic, and may not be learning to use the digital medium to its fuller potential. So who is trying to teach about the new digital discourse? The report surveys media studies in American higher education. University film and communication programs (and less often English departments) are expanding instruction into teaching about conscious use of digital media.  Educational foundations are investing in cross-disciplinary research into “21st century literacies.” A small, but growing minority of young writing teachers are innovating a “multi-modal composition” in universities. The report considers different paths toward media conscious education in community colleges, where media studies programs are rare. No single model or theory stands out to provide a direction. Each discipline, including English, can develop courses through and about digital discourse. The report suggests cross-disciplinary collaboration as the best approach, combining the vocational “contextual learning” approach with a meta-cognitive, constructivist approach to literacy education.  How to implement that approach is left open.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction: Media Literacy and General Education in Community Colleges…………………………………………

Part One: The Visual Internet and the Shaping of Digital Literacy……………………………………………………….

 

Part Two:  Reflections From the Fallout Shelter– On Teaching Print Literacy During the Digital Media Explosion…………………………………………………….

 

Part Three:  Surveying the Territory: Media Literacy
Curricula in American Higher Education……………….

 

Part Four: “Digital Culture” in Community College…

Conclusion–Bridge Building and Craft………………..

 

Works Cited…………………………………………………………

 

Appendices…………………………………………………………

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