The Power of Critical Media Literacy to Enable Middle Grade Students to Understand Poverty

Authors

  • Dr. Lina B. Soares Georgia Southern University
  • Jarvis Price Georgia Southern University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.56887/galiteracy.66

Keywords:

critical media literacy, poverty, middle grades

Abstract

This research sought to understand how the use of critical media literacy enables middle-grade students to understand poverty as a real and present issue. The study was conducted in one seventh-grade classroom in which the students viewed poverty from the perspective of children similar in age to them. The realities of poverty were presented to the students through the "Invisible Children" film. Afterward, the students wrote reflections on the experience. Findings show that critical media literacy enabled the participants to develop a heightened awareness and to empathize with children of poverty so that the feeling dimension of learning became evident.

Author Biographies

  • Dr. Lina B. Soares, Georgia Southern University

    Dr. Lina B. Soares ([email protected]) is an assistant professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Georgia Southern University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in Middle Grades Education and serves on doctoral committees. Dr. Soares has conducted numerous research presentations from international to state settings, focusing on effective pedagogical practices for content area teachers. She additionally serves as an undergarduate research mentor. 

  • Jarvis Price, Georgia Southern University

    Jarvis Price is an undergraduate Middle-Grade Education Major in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Georgia Southern University. Mr. Price is also a McNair Scholar and is currently interested in the sociocultural and critical aspects of learning. 

The Power of Critical Media Literacy to Enable Middle Grade Students to Understand Poverty

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Published

10/30/2011

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Research and Practitioner Articles

How to Cite

Soares, L. B., & Price, J. (2011). The Power of Critical Media Literacy to Enable Middle Grade Students to Understand Poverty. Georgia Journal of Literacy, 34(1), 20-29. https://doi.org/10.56887/galiteracy.66

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