Voices of Media Literacy: International Pioneers Speak : Len Masterman Interview Transcript
DATE OF INTERVIEW: NOV. 3, 2010
INTERVIEWER: DEE MORGENTHALER
“…you can teach about the media most effectively, not through a content-centered approach, but through the application of a conceptual framework which can help pupils to make sense of any media text. And that applies every bit as much to the new digitized technologies as it did to the old mass media…The acid test of whether a media course has been successful resides in students’ ability to respond critically to media texts they will encounter in the future. Media education is nothing if it is not an education for life…My own objectives were to liberate pupils from the expertise of the teacher, and to challenge the dominant hierarchical transmission of knowledge which takes place in most classrooms. In media studies information is transmitted laterally, to both students and teachers alike. The teacher’s role is not to advocate a particular view but to promote reflection upon media texts, and develop the kind of questioning and analytical skills, which will help students to clarify their own views.”
How did you become involved in the field or in the movement of media education...what inspired the beginning of your journey?
How old were your students?
And how did they receive your material?
How did teachers respond to your work?
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