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Terrain in Transition: Reflections on the Pedagogy of Media Literacy Education


by Faith Rogow — 2005

We are living in incredible times. For only the second time in human history a major piece of the concept of what it means to be literate is shifting. The first major shift involved the “who,” as in “who should be literate?” That shift began in the 16th century with the invention of the printing press. Because the printing press made mass media possible, it ultimately changed expectations about who needed to be literate. We went from a world where no one expected more than a few professional scribes and clerics to be able to read and write, to our current world, where we assume that everyone needs to master those skills.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 104. No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 13, 2005, p. 282-288
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18560, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 1:57:21 AM

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  • Faith Rogow
    Insighters Educational Consulting
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    FAITH ROGOW is the past President of the Alliance for a Media Literate America and now heads Insighters Educational Consulting.
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