Study Examines Effectiveness of Media Literacy Education

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Humane education (teaching about the interconnectedness of human rights, animal protection, environmental stewardship, and media & culture) is such a pioneering field that not a lot of evaluative research has been conducted yet to assess its effectiveness. That's changing, and it's always great for us as humane educators to find another study that we can use to help demonstrate the value and efficacy of teaching about global issues.

Our friend Erin at Marketing, Media and Childhood recently posted about a new study in which researchers conducted a meta-analysis of media literacy education, which is one of the components of humane education. According to Erin:

"Media literacy education is effective in reducing risky or antisocial behaviors among children and youth of all ages and for all topics of focus, such as tobacco use, violence and sex, according to researchers who conducted a comprehensive review of the existing research on media literacy – the first of its kind."

The study's abstract noted that "media literacy interventions had positive effects on outcomes including media knowledge, criticism, perceived realism, influence, behavioral beliefs, attitudes, self-efficacy, and behavior."

Unfortunately the complete text of the study, which was published in the June 2012 issue of the Journal of Communication, isn't available for free. But you can find out a bit more about the study by reading Erin's complete post.

If you know of other studies evaluating the effectiveness of humane education (or subsets of it), we'd love for you to let us know about them!

~ Marsha

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