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Baddies in the classroom: media education and narrative writing

Willett, Rebekah (2005) Baddies in the classroom: media education and narrative writing. Literacy, 39 (3). pp. 142-148. ISSN 1741-4350

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Abstract

When teachers allow pupils to write stories that include elements of popular media, we must ask what to do with media once it has entered the classroom. This article relates findings from a classroom study which focuses on children’s media-based story writing. The study looks at children as producers of new media texts and describes their activities as a form of ‘media education’. The research shows that through their production of media-based stories, children are reflecting on their consumption of media. Furthermore, children’s media-based stories make explicit some of their implicit knowledge of new media forms. Finally, children’s stories provide ample opportunities for teachers to engage in important discussions about media within the framework of existing writing programmes.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article presents an original piece of ethnographic research to consider the role of popular media in primary school classrooms. As media education is most often part of the secondary school curriculum, there is very little research from a cultural and media studies position which looks at primary schools. The research shows that through their production of media-based texts, children are reflecting on their consumption of media. Furthermore, children’s media-based stories make explicit some of their implicit knowledge of new media forms. Finally, children’s stories provide ample opportunities for teachers to engage in important discussions about media within the framework of existing writing programmes. The article is published in an international refereed journal. Blackwell publishers reported that it was in the top 10 most frequently downloaded articles via the Synergy system during 2006, having been dowloaded 516 times. The definitive version is available at www3.interscience.wiley.com
Controlled Keywords: 5 - 10 , Primary school , English , Cultural influences on education , Media
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Learning, Curriculum and Communication
IOE Departments > Departments > London Knowledge Lab
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2009 11:13
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 11:48
URI: http://eprints.ioe.ac.uk/id/eprint/147

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