Belinha S. De Abreu, Ph.D., is a media literacy educator and an International Expert to the Forum on Media & Information Literacy for UNESCO's Communication & Information Section. Her research interests include media literacy education, new media, visual and information literacy, global perspectives, critical thinking, young adults, and teacher training. Dr. De Abreu’s focus is on the impact of learning as a result of media and technology consumed by K–12 students. Dr. De Abreu holds a BA in Communications with a concentration in television production and public relations, an MS in Library Science and Instructional Technology, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on media literacy. Dr. De Abreu’s work has been featured in Cable in the Classroom, Civic Media Project, and various other publications. She is the author of Mobile Learning Through Digital Media Literacy (Peter Lang, 2017), and the author/co-editor of Global Media Literacy in a Digital Age (Peter Lang, 2016), Media Literacy Education in Action: Theoretical and Pedagogical Perspectives (Routledge 2014), and the author of Media Literacy, Social Networking and the Web 2.0 World for the K–12 Educator (Peter Lang, 2011). She serves as the Vice President for the National Telemedia Council and on the Leadership Council for the National Association for Media Literacy Education.
- About the Author
Foreword by Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, Executive Director, National Association for Media Literacy Education
Preface by Denise E. Agosto
Though media literacy and information literacy are intertwined, there are important differences; and there has never been a more urgent need for an incisive examination of the crucial role librarians and other educators can play in teaching the skills necessary to access, analyze, evaluate, and create media. Media literate youth and adults are better able to understand the complex messages emanating from television, movies, radio, the internet, news outlets, magazines, books, billboards, video games, music, and all other forms of media. In this book, international expert De Abreu melds advice from a diverse array of practitioners and subject experts with her own research findings to examine how consuming media and technology impacts the learning of K–12 students, tackling such paramount issues as
- fake news/alternative facts;
- critical thinking
- digital literacy and digital citizenship;
- social inclusion and equity;
- global interconnectivity; and
- social justice and advocacy.
Inside, readers will find a wealth of intelligently crafted, ready-to-use lesson plans and activities designed to help promote critical thinking skills for K-12 students, making this a perfect teaching resource for school and public librarians, educators, and literacy instructors. Each group of lesson plans is prefaced by a well-informed and insightful discussion of the concept at hand along with guidance on how to best use the lesson plans, which can be freely adapted to any setting.
Examination copies are available for instructors who are interested in adopting this title for course use.