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Media Literacy: Transforming Curriculum and Teaching, 104th Yearbook of the National Society of Education, Part I


reviewed by David L. Bruce — 2006

coverTitle: Media Literacy: Transforming Curriculum and Teaching, 104th Yearbook of the National Society of Education, Part I
Author(s): Gretchen Schwarz and Pamela Brown (Eds.)
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers,
ISBN: na, Pages: 294, Year: 2005
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The study of one medium or one form of literacy does not make sense. Longstanding assumptions about literacy and language no longer hold true, to the extent that a rethinking of what is implied by literacy is urgently needed. (Semali, 2005, p. 51, emphasis original) I heard the former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, in an interview shortly after the 9/11 attacks, express that the event was too large for any one writing to express. The enormity would have to be captured through individual stories and vignettes. Vygotsky (1986) wrote that sometimes “a single word is so saturated with sense that . . . it becomes a concentrate of sense.  To unfold it into overt speech, one would need a multitude of words” (p. 247). Media literacy is a field of study that is too broad in scope, too “saturated with sense” to be encompassed or explained by any single writing.... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 5, 2006, p. 939-943
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12134, Date Accessed: 8/30/2014 2:10:06 AM

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  • David Bruce
    Kent State University
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    DAVID BRUCE is an Assistant Professor at Kent State University. He is the Director of the Commission on Media, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the President-Elect, Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts (OCTELA). He is currently researching the integration of media literacy, particularly video composition, in teacher education courses. Recently, he published 'Visualizing success: Using video composition in the classroom" in the Ohio Journal of the English Language Arts.
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