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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author O'Kane, Charles John
URN etd-05102011-162256
Title Setting the Standard: Media Literacy Education in Virginia's Public School
Degree Master of Arts
Department Communication Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Tedesco, John C. Committee Chair
Chen, Yi-Chun Yvonnes Committee Member
Preston, Marlene Committee Member
  • media literacy
  • knowledge gap
  • social cognitive theory
Date of Defense 2011-04-28
Availability unrestricted
This thesis examines the state of media literacy in the middle school curriculum of Virginia’s public schools. Through in-depth interviews with state certified teachers of English and Language Arts, the goal was to uncover student, teacher, resource, family, classroom, school, and other structural variables that influence media literacy among students at the middle school level, while also uncovering teachers’ perception of the Standards of Learning (SOLs) and the benchmarks for media literacy that are contained within those state directives. An additional purpose of this thesis is to contribute to theory building efforts so that media literacy education is better understood in academic literature, in higher education, and in K-12 curriculum.
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