Contemporary Literacy: What does it mean to be literate in the 21st century?|
Media has become ubiquitous in the lives of Americans, but what role does it play in our lives? What does it mean to be literate in the 21st century, and how does this affect schooling and the workforce? Through this course, students will explore a contemporary definition of literacy and how that may or may not align with traditional literacy. As children and teens are beginning to access media for both academic and personal use, this course will explore the pedagogical implications, including media and information literacy, and how adult mentors can help youth access media safely and efficiently. Topical exploration will include a brief overview of literacy development, media literacy skills (including presence in K-12 curriculum and workforce demands), information literacy, critical media literacy, and digital citizenship.
This course may fulfill the Category 1, Category 2, or Pedagogy requirement for the Education Studies Major or Minor. This course also counts as an elective towards the Psychology Major.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (EDST-MN)(EDST)(PSYC)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Less than 50%
|SECTION 01 In-person only|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Leu, D.J., Kinzer, C., Coiro, J., Castek, J., Henry, L. (2005). New literacies: A dual-level theory of the changing nature of literacy instruction, and assessment. In D. Alvermann, N. Unrau, & R.B. Ruddell (Eds.), Theoretical models and processes of reading (6th ed., pp. 1150-1175). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.
Silverman, R. D., & Keane, K. (2020). The power of "screen time": Harnessing it to promote language and literacy learning in early childhood and elementary school. American Educator, 6(2020), 7.
Neumann, M. M., Finger, G., & Neumann, D. L. (2017). A conceptual framework for emergent digital literacy. Early Childhood Education Journal, 45(4), 471-479.
Wolf, M. (2018). Reader, come home: The reading brain in a digital world. New York, NY: Harper.
Mason, L. E., Krutka, D., & Stoddard, J. (2018). Media literacy, democracy, and the challenge of fake news. Journal of Media Literacy Education, 10(2), 1-10.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Personal Media Diary
Media Analysis Project: Students will analyze a piece of digital media (photo, article, blog post) that promotes a certain message. Students will break down the piece and analyze it though a critical media lens. The project will be presented through a creative media using platforms introduced in class or through student preference
Op-ed on a contemporary definition of literacy
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course counts as an elective towards the Psychology Major and as a Category 1, Pedagogy, or Elective credit towards the Education Studies Major and/or Minor.
|Instructor(s): Besharat Mann,Rachel Times: ..T.R.. 10:20AM-11:40AM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 40||SR major: 10||JR major: 10|| || |
|Seats Available: 10||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 0||SO: 10||FR: 10|
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