This presentation will report on a comparative study that examines media literacy education in Finland and in Taiwan with a focus on their relevant education policies and curricula. The session will discuss the background of the study, describe the method, and share findings and recommendations for future practice. Finland and Taiwan both face longstanding media influence and warfare launched by their neighboring country (i.e., Russia and China, respectively). Finland, which is ranked top on the most recent Media Literacy Index (Lessenski, 2022), has shown its success in addressing prominent issues associated with disinformation and misinformation. Likewise, also as one of the strongest democracies in the world (Economist Intelligence Unit, 2021), Taiwan has taken a variety of measures to combat similar problems concerning media to safeguard its vulnerable democratic lifestyle. The goals of this study are to identify lessons learned and to highlight best practices that are emerged in their promotion of media literacy.
The design and implementation of the study followed a systematic qualitative comparative analysis approach. Taking cultural and social settings into consideration, the study analyzed relevant documents (including white papers and scholarly articles), synthesized similarities and differences, and identifies patterns and trends. The preliminary themes obtained from the analysis included (a) historical background, (b) the purpose, scope, and foci of media literacy policies, as well as (c) core competencies, skills, and assessments in the curriculum guides. This presentation will conclude with recommendations for instruction and research, which will be of interest to academic professionals, educators, and policy makers.
Teresa Chen, California State University, Long Beach, United States
About the Presenter(s)
Dr. Teresa Chen is a Professor of Educational Technology at California State University, Long Beach. Her research interests include computer-assisted language learning and supporting students’ development of academic literacies using technology.
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