Capstone Project Title
Jana Lo Bello Miller
The question that guided this research was: How can critical media literacy skill development increase students’ ability and willingness to politically engage? Research shows that despite the fact that most Americans view social media use as just a distraction, young people are using the participatory tools and technologies found on social media platforms to engage with political ideas online. Media literacy education frequently focuses on teaching and learning consumption-centered skills like analysis and evaluation; but a media literacy curricular unit that encourages meaningful political engagement would acknowledge the new, production-centered reality that students inhabit. This curricular unit design for a high school social studies classroom encourages students to produce their own piece of media, designed for sharing on a social media platform and aimed at addressing a public policy issue of their choice. Students will analyze their own and their peers’ projects for effectiveness in sparking social change. They will also reflect on their own experience as consumers and creators on online platforms, weighing their participation against social justice and ethical principles. The goal of the project is to support students in developing understandings of the concepts of power and social change, so that they may better solve political problems in their own communities by evaluating potential courses of action for effectiveness.
Curriculum, Interdisciplinary Teaching, Literacy, Social Justice, Teachers/ Teaching
Bolling, Adam, "Media Literacy for Political Engagement: A Curricular Unit Design" (2021). School of Education Student Capstone Projects. 646.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects