Media literacy and online learning

Lambe, Dale (2003) Media literacy and online learning. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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This study is an investigation of students' responses to media literacy and distance learning in Newfoundland's Secondary Language Arts Program. The postings of students relating to concepts of media literacy from several information sources constituted a majority of the data collection and analysis proceedings. Students' values and attitudes relating to both media literacy and online learning were derived from post-study questionnaires and interviews. -- Qualitative research methods were employed in this investigation. The study was designed as a case study of a particular site. My role as a teacher allowed me to offer my own insights thereby fulfilling elements of action research. Using the phenomenological practices of clustering I analyzed students' postings, questionnaires, and interview responses lead to a clustering of themes. The qualitative research software entitled Ethnograph 5.0 aided in this procedure. -- Structured questionnaires and semi-structured interviews and the subsequent transcriptions allowed a lot of issues and student perspectives relating to both media literacy and online learning to emerge effectively. -- It was concluded through this study that secondary students value the potential of online learning. The analysis of data provided several observations and insights about effective teaching models for the instruction of media literacy concepts. Although it was originally thought that the students would be apprehensive about adopting an online platform for learning, the ensuing results were favourable in this research study.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 10843
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 118-126.
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 2003
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Distance education--Newfoundland and Labrador; Media literacy--Newfoundland and Labrador.

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