Leading the 21st Century in "Critical Media Literacy"

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Leading the 21st Century in "Critical Media Literacy"

Dr. Ernest Morrell, IUME Director and Professor of English Education, will be releasing two books this month that continue to represent the leadership role IUME is playing in the 21st century literacy education for city youth.

The first book that Dr. Morrell has co-authored and will be released by Teachers College Press is entitled, "Critical Media Pedagogy: Teaching for Achievement in City Schools," part of the the Language and Literacy Series. Book signings will take place at AERA and IRA, in addition to spring and summer events to promote the book.

From the Press Release:
This practical book examines how teaching media in high school English and social studies classrooms can address major challenges in our educational system. The authors argue that, in addition to providing underserved youth with access to 21st-century learning technologies, critical media education will help improve academic literacy achievement in city schools. Critical Media Pedagogy presents first-hand accounts of teachers who are successfully incorporating critical media education into standards-based lessons and units. The book begins with an analysis of how media have been conceptualized and studied; it identifies the various ways that youth are practicing media, as well as how these practices are constantly increasing in sophistication. Finally, it offers concrete examples of how to develop a rigorous, standards-based content area curriculum that embraces new media practices and features media production.


''In this important new book the authors present a compelling case for broadening the way we think about literacy in relation to the 'new media.' Through compelling case studies, they examine the ways in which youth engage this medium both as active participants and producers of new, original content. The result is a new way of conceptualizing literacy, one that will push the reader to reconsider how we think about youth (particularly urban youth of color) and their capacities for learning and critical thinking.'' --Pedro Noguera, Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, New York University

''This book is at once a trenchant critique of shallow and de-politicized approaches to teaching and learning, and a deft and illuminating commentary on the possibilities of recovering education for a transformative future. An invaluable feat for education!'' --Peter McLaren, Professor, the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, UCLA

Dr. Morrell has also co-edited the current volume of the United Kingdom journal, 
Learning, Media, and Technology (Taylor and Francis), entitled "City Youth and the Pedagogy of Participatory Media." This volume includes scholars from North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa who are sharing research on innovative practices in media education. This special issues will be widely disseminated on a global scale. 

About the Journal:

Learning, Media and Technology is an international, peer-reviewed journal that aims to stimulate debate on the interaction of innovations in learning and educational theory, practices, media and educational technologies. Media and technologies are interpreted in the broadest sense, to encompass the internet and online resources, digital broadcasting, and other new and emerging formats, as well as the traditional media of print, broadcast television and radio.

Learning, Media & Technology analyses such questions from a global, interdisciplinary perspective in contributions of the very highest quality from scholars and practitioners in the social sciences, communication and media studies, psychology, cultural studies, philosophy, history as well as in the information and computer sciences

For more information about this journal, visit their website here.