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Telling, Doing, (Media)Educating. Adolescents’ Experiences, Expectations, Suggestions Concerning Media Education

TitleTelling, Doing, (Media)Educating. Adolescents’ Experiences, Expectations, Suggestions Concerning Media Education
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsScarcelli C M
Secondary TitleItalian Journal of Sociology of Education
Date Published02/2017
PublisherPadova University Press
Place PublishedPadova, IT
ISSN Number2035-4983
KeywordsAdolescents, digital media, media education, media educator

Frequently the relation between young people and the technologies of communication is trivialized by describing adolescents as naturally predisposed to digital technology or as incautious users. Media education goes beyond this oversimplification in trying to help adolescents to improve their digital and media literacy. Many debates have taken place around media education but only a small number of them take into consideration what adolescents think about their experiences with media education and what they expect from it. In this paper, I will discuss the results of a qualitative study carried out in the Veneto Region (Italy) on upper secondary school students. The article aims to explore media-educational activities through adolescents’ own words. The objective is to bring out what interviewees define as the strengths and weaknesses of media education as they have experienced it. The paper seeks to be a point of reflection about media-educational activities, which frequently in Italy continues to be crystallized around technical aspects and sometimes maintains an old approach that could be incapable of listening to girls and boys or of comprehending their lives and needs.