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An Analysis of Media Literacy Course Syllabi at Universities in Three Japanese Prefectures

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  • 東海3県の大学におけるメディア・リテラシー授業の実態分析
  • トウカイ 3ケン ノ ダイガク ニ オケル メディア ・ リテラシー ジュギョウ ノ ジッタイ ブンセキ

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This paper investigates the definition of media literacy education as reflected in the syllabi of media literacy courses of universities in the three central Japanese prefectures of Aichi, Gifu and Mie. The paper analyses the syllabi in terms of the main types of media focused on and the stated aims of the courses. In broad terms two definitions are identified. The first focuses on the mass media and aims to cultivate critical readers. The second covers both mass and other media and aims to cultivate not only receptive ability but also productive and expressive ability too. It is argued that the second form of media literacy education is preferable in the present age but that the difficulties involved in teaching productive and expressive skills constitute a barrier towards achieving this. In addition, teaching productive and expressive skills are less commonly taught in common educational courses and liberal arts courses than in specialized courses.

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