«International Journal of Media and Information Literacy» – scientific E-journal.

E-ISSN 2500-106X

Publication frequency – once in 6 months. Issued from 2016.

2 December 05, 2018

1. Slimane Aboulkacem, Lory E. Haas, Abigail R. Winard
Perspectives from Algeria and the United States: Media and News Literacy Perceptions and Practices of Pre-service Teachers

International Journal of Media and Information Literacy, 2018, 3(2): 40-52.
DOI: 10.13187/ijmil.2018.2.40CrossRef

Part of being a 21st century citizen is experiencing the polarization and the divisiveness of the world, especially across digital social spaces. We live in a new media environment that is personalized for everyone. Additionally, today’s media life is characterized by the speed of information production, consumption, as well as and often absence of trustful information sources. Information is available in unprecedented amounts at the touch of a fingertip and finds us through an armada of digital services. Hence, the purpose of this research is to explore the perceptions and practices of 268 pre-service teachers from Algeria and the USA. Responses to four open-ended questions, which were part of a mixed methods survey, were analyzed for this study. These questions were posed to investigate pre-service teachers’ views of today’s news, its sources, and how they proceed into verifying and sharing information. The findings revealed that students indicate they verify information but did not share how they verify sources other than frequent use of Google search engine. Moreover, friends, family members, and Facebook comments were found to potentially sway the pre-teachers’ opinions or even sometimes determine their news believability.

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2. C.K. Cheung, Yin Wu
Assessing Network Media Literacy in China: the Development and Validation of a Comprehensive Assessment Instrument

International Journal of Media and Information Literacy, 2018, 3(2): 53-65.
DOI: 10.13187/ijmil.2018.2.53CrossRef

Network media literacy is the foundation of Internet usage and builds sustainable development that can help people to participate more easily in knowledge societies. Nevertheless, no validated and standardised test assesses the level of network media literacy. Therefore, this study established and calibrated an instrument for use in network media literacy research and practice. Items were formed based on a composite conceptual model and administered to the general population across most of the country. The psychometric properties of the questionnaire were examined using multidimensional item response theory. Differential item functioning was used to exclude the items with distorted ability estimates. Almost all of the remaining items showed good discrimination and difficulty parameters based on the fitted model with three stable dimensions. This study created a thorough questionnaire called the general network media literacy test (GNMLT), with scoring determined in relation to classical test theory. The GNMLT is a valid and reliable measure for assessing the network media literacy of Chinese individuals. Practitioners could use the scale before implementing literacy promotion and education.

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3. Art Silverblatt
Media Literacy and Critical Thinking

International Journal of Media and Information Literacy, 2018, 3(2): 66-71.
DOI: 10.13187/ijmil.2018.2.66CrossRef

The ability to develop a critical distance from the messages being conveyed through the channels of mass communication is of vital importance. However, the value of Media Literacy education extends beyond media analysis, furnishing critical thinking skills for people who are in danger of losing the ability to come to independent conclusions based on the systematic assessment of evidence. According to Renee Hobbs and Richard Frost, media literacy education enhances critical thinking across a broad range of disciplines: The first large scale empirical study measuring the acquisition of media literacy skills in the United States concluded that incorporating media message analysis into secondary level English language arts curriculum … improved students’ reading, viewing and listening comprehension of print, audio and video texts, message analysis and interpretation, and writing skills. In addition, it should be emphasized that that the discipline of Media Literacy is essentially apolitical. Media Literacy educators teach people how to think, not what to think. What determines the validity of an analysis is the following: 1) the systematic application media literacy methodologies; and 2) the contentions must be supported with concrete examples (e.g., television episodes, films, and social media threads). Instead, the discipline of Media Literacy furnishes individuals with the skills to develop an independence of thought so necessary to the survival of democracy.

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