Exploring Media Literary Education with Dr. Alice Huguet
Submitted by Michael Cruse on September 10, 2019 - 7:57am
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Today and tomorrow, September 10th and 11th, we are fortunate to be joined by Dr. Alice Huguet, a researcher with the RAND Corporation, and co-author of the paper, Exploring Media Literacy Education as a Tool for Mitigating Truth Decay. The RAND Corporation is leading an initiative to counter what it calls 'truth decay', with a goal to "restore the role of facts and analysis in public life". This paper is the one of the latest in a series of resources that RAND has produced on the topic. I encourage you to watch this three minute video, explaining the four trends and main drivers of truth decay, and the RAND Corporation's approach to addressing them.
Alice will help us unpack current research about Media Literacy Education (MLE), how it applies to adult learners, and share publicly available resources to address misinformation in your classroom. We will also take a look at the PIAAC Literacy Framework's use-oriented conception of competency in relation to MLE, and how both the framework and MLE support using materials in authentic contexts, for real-life purposes. To begin, I want to ask Alice to give us some context for understanding what is meant by the term Media Literacy Education (MLE).
In the preface to the report, you define truth decay as “the diminishing role that facts, data, and analysis play in today’s political and civil discourse”, and MLE as a potential tool to reduce truth decay. You also note that the term media literacy is a broadly defined field, with related and overlapping subfields including: information literacy, news literacy, digital literacy, science literacy, visual literacy, critical media literacy, to name a few.
In our community discussions about media literacy, there has been some confusion around what we mean when we use this term. We often talk about digital literacy in adult education, but media literacy is less often discussed. Would you help us begin unpacking how adult educators might think about MLE as existing in relationship to digital literacy?