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Media Literacy Education: Lessons from the Center for Media Literacy


by Elizabeth Thoman & Tess Jolls — 2005

Since the beginning of recorded history, the concept of “literacy” meant having the skill to interpret “squiggles” on a piece of paper as letters which, when put together, formed words that conveyed meaning. Teaching the young to put the words together to understand (and, in turn, express) ever more complex ideas became the goal of education as it evolved over the centuries.


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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. 180-205
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18550, Date Accessed: 6/23/2017 9:48:29 PM

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  • Elizabeth Thoman
    Center for Media Literacy
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    ELIZABETH THOMAN founded the Center for Media Literacy in 1989 and is a cofounder and current board member of the Alliance for a Media Literate America.
  • Tess Jolls
    Center for Media Literacy
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    TESSA JOLLS is the President and CEO of the Center for Media Literacy in Santa Monica, California.
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