Three essays on media education included in the new volume published by FrancoAngeli
Translation by Giulia Lombardo
Media education is an educational activity aiming to provide the tools for a critical understanding of the nature of different media and their specific techniques, languages and genres.
In Italy, media education is still scarcely performed and is often limited to episodic situations stemming out of informal environments. In our country, in fact, a systemic and formalised educational action addressing the problems generated by the use and abuse of the media by different age groups has not yet been started.
The new book “Media education in Italy. Training objects and scope” compiled by Filippo Bruni, Andrea Garavaglia and Livia Petti (FrancoAngeli 2019) delves into the framework of media education presenting some formal and informal experiences that have been realised in different areas from childhood to adulthood, and emphasises its variety and potentials and the opportunities for it to be reproduced in different contexts.
Three of the contributions in the volume are related to Indire’s research activities and are compiled by its researchers:
- “Domestication” of the audio-visual material at school. Dimensions emerging from an empirical survey on the Avanguardie educative community
By Ilaria Bucciarelli and Gabriella Taddeo (p. 196).
The contribution presents the first data relating to a survey on didactic practices using audio-visual materials carried out by Indire in 2016 on a sample of 1.245 teachers belonging to the national network Avanguardie Educative. The objective of the survey was to explore to what extent and how audio-visual language is part of everyday teaching and how teachers interpret it in their profession.
- Digital competences: the role of Media Education in the educational interventions proposed by school institutions in the south of Italy
By Rosalba Manna, Samuele Calzone and Nicola Malloggi (p. 224).
The study provides a reflection on the educational actions financed through the National Operational Programme (NOP) “Competences for development” 2007/2013 managed by the MIUR. Using inferential statistics techniques, 11 thousand projects have been analysed for a total of 103.615 educational interventions drawn out of the unified managing platform of the programme (GPU). The analysis shows two important results: on one hand, it suggests to strengthen the preparation of teaching personnel in order to direct project proposals towards the promotion of aware and critical use of social media by encouraging healthy collaboration and aware online communication; on the other hand, it encourages to reflect on innovative didactical approaches to enhance the role of the digital competences area in the new programme, establishing synergy with the area of language competences.
- Media education is the educational intervention addressed to adults for the use of digital services in Italian southern regions
By Samuele Calzone, Valentina Pappalardo e Donatella Rangoni (p. 281).
This work looked into 330 projects for a total of 429 educational interventions proposed to the students as part of the National Operational Programme (NOP) “Competences for development 2007/2013 managed by the MIUR, aimed to delve into how and how much schools dealt with the Media education report – adult students, in terms of acquisition of civic social and digital competences. The experiences analysed highlight how media education was promoted as the integration of digital, civic and social competences (“education through media”) but the importance of reflecting in a lifelong learning perspective on the theme of media education wasn’t understood.
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