URI, Media Literacy Now-RI to start study on media literacy in RI schools – URI News


Educators, parents, community members who participate in the survey
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KINGSTON, RI – June 15, 2021 – Screen time during the pandemic has increased for almost everyone. What effects could this increase have caused to ourselves and to our children? Are there ways to mitigate the negative effects of media use and increase the positive effects? Media literacy advocates believe education is an important part of the solution.

Media Literacy Now-RI, in conjunction with the University of Rhode Island’s Media Education Lab, is conducting a statewide study on the level of integration of media education in Rhode Island schools in June, July and August. The study, led by professional researchers and students from the Media Education Lab, will include an online survey of school educators, administrators and parents, as well as follow-up interviews with volunteer respondents for more in-depth information. The project is supported by funding from the Institute of Social Sciences for Research, Education and Policy at the University of Rhode Island.

“The fake news crisis, disinformation about coronaviruses and vaccination, cyberbullying and the misuse of social media to incite extremist views are the latest issues that underscore the need for this century’s concept of literacy to ‘include critical analysis of all forms of media,’ said Pam Steager, state coordinator for Media Literacy Now-RI, part of the national Media Literacy Now movement that works with state legislatures to push through legislation to integrate media education into state education programs. “But media education also covers a wide range of skills and practices that can improve our understanding and engagement with media and technology, increase our understanding of ourselves and others, and strengthen our democracy. This research follows a survey conducted by principals in 2018 to determine the extent to which media literacy skills are taught in Rhode Island schools.

Are you an educator, school librarian, parent or guardian of a Kindergarten to Grade 12 student? Curious about media literacy activities? Want to learn more and help Rhode Island determine the next steps in becoming a leader in media literacy? Project participants will be entered into a raffle for an iPad Mini. The winner will be chosen in August. To learn more or take the survey, visit Media Literacy Now-RI at https://www.medialiteracyri.com/

To contact Pam Steager of Media Literacy Now-RI, call (401) 439-1292 or email [email protected]


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