A Discipline Approach: The Relationship Between Media Literacy And Social Studies

A Discipline Approach: The Relationship Between Media Literacy And Social Studies

Hacer Dolanbay (Mus Alparslan University, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9261-7.ch004
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Social studies is one of the most related fields of media literacy, such as health, language, information, and communication program. Contrary to popular belief, media literacy is not the use of media tools such as newspaper in the social studies courses. Students must have the ability to choose the right one among myriad of information, to understand visual images, to reach reality through eliminating stereotypes and prejudices, questioning the construction and context of a text. In this way, media literacy and social studies aim the formation of good, questioning, and active citizens. In this chapter, the relationship between media literacy education and social studies is examined based upon previous researches. The importance of media literacy for teaching social studies is discussed and concrete sample activities that can be used by teachers and students in social studies lessons are presented In this way it is aimed to make a synthesis by associating social studies with media literacy skills that is access, analyze, evaluation, create, and act.
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What Is Social Studies?

Over time, many definitions have been applied to the field of social studies. Finally, in 1994 the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), an organization of professional social studies educators, introduced a comprehensive definition. This definition, which is accepted as the main reference by social studies experts states:

“Social studies is the integrated study of social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence. Within the school program, social studies provide coordinated systematic study drawing upon such disciplines as anthropology, economics, history, geography, law, political science, religion and sociology as well as appropriate content from the humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences. The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of culturally diverse, democratic society in an independent world” (NCSS, 1994, p. 3).

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MEB: Ministry of National Education in Turkey.

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