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Media education as a strategy for online civic participation in Portuguese schools

Dias-Fonseca, T; Potter, J; (2016) Media education as a strategy for online civic participation in Portuguese schools. Comunicar , 24 (49) pp. 9-17. 10.3916/C49-2016-01. Green open access

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Abstract

Whilst various studies have examined participation on the Internet as a key element of a new emergent civic engagement, informally or formally through national and local governments' online measures, less has been done to measure or suggest ways of overcoming social and technological constraints on online civic participation. Additionally, few studies have looked at the relationship between the actual implementation of such initiatives in classrooms and the messages which are conveyed indirectly as a result of teachers' own conceptions of classroom strategies, which are perhaps better described as a "hidden curriculum". This paper reports on these constructions through a set of detailed quantitative and qualitative case studies of the implementation of civic engagement through online activity in several regions of Portugal. The data, obtained through questionnaires, were used to produce novel composite scores reflecting the participatory and media literacy strategies of schools, as well as teachers and students' media literacy and online civic actions. We present empirical results from a study population consisting of 12 public secondary school principals, 131 teachers, and 1,392 students in grades 11 and 12, suggesting that students' online civic engagement and media literacy levels are affected by their teachers' classroom practices and further training and by the implementation of a project-based approach to media education.

Type: Article
Title: Media education as a strategy for online civic participation in Portuguese schools
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3916/C49-2016-01
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.3916/C49-2016-01
Additional information: This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 UnportedAttribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported licence.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1523547
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