The Role of Media Literacy for Students Today

Posted by on February 14, 2011

YouTube/You Learn?: The role of media literacy for students today

Can recording audio be considered writing? Can watching a YouTube video be considered reading? Ask a student or a teacher and they are likely to say no. However, there is an emerging debate about whether engaging in new forms of media production and sharing, such as podcasts and YouTube, can improve students’ ability to read, write and think conceptually. This debate on media literacy will be explored by Stoneleigh Junior Fellow Joslyn Young, who has been in residence at RFA this year to complete her research on the role of out-of-school media literacy and its effect on learning. Her study focuses on experiences of two youth groups – the Philadelphia Student Union and Chester Voices for Change – and offers insight about what these developments might mean for traditional literacy teachers and other educators.

Joslyn will present preliminary findings of her year-long study at the 2011 Ethnography in Education Conference, held on February 25 in Philadelphia. Click here for more information on the conference (, and be sure to visit RFA’s website after February 25 to download her presentation.

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