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Core Principles of MLE

Core Principles of Media Literacy Education (PDF)As the field of media literacy education has matured over the past 25 years, its focus has evolved from WHAT is taught to HOW we teach.

The Core Principles of Media Literacy Education is a NAMLE project to expand the boundaries of the field and encompass the opportunities and possibilities of 21st century learning technologies to transform both learning and teaching – from kindergarten to college.

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The Core Principles of Media Literacy Education

The purpose of media literacy education is to help individuals of all ages develop the habits of inquiry and skills of expression that they need to be critical thinkers, effective communicators and active citizens in today’s world.

  1. Media Literacy Education requires active inquiry and critical thinking about the messages we receive and create.
  2. Media Literacy Education expands the concept of literacy to include all forms of media (i.e., reading and writing).
  3. Media Literacy Education builds and reinforces skills for learners of all ages. Like print literacy, those skills necessitate integrated, interactive, and repeated practice.
  4. Media Literacy Education develops informed, reflective and engaged participants essential for a democratic society.
  5. Media Literacy Education recognizes that media are a part of culture and function as agents of socialization.
  6. Media Literacy Education affirms that people use their individual skills, beliefs and experiences to construct their own meanings from media messages.

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Referencing the Core Principals of Media Literacy Education

A reference for the NAMLE Core Principles of Media Literacy Education in the United States is provided in three common styles below.

Chicago Manual of Style

“Core Principles of Media Literacy Education in the United States,” National Association for Media Literacy Education, accessed (insert date with no parentheses), http://namle.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/CorePrinciples.pdf.

American Psychological Association (APA) Style

National Association for Media Literacy Education. (2007, November). Core principles of media literacy education in the United States. Retrieved (insert date with no parentheses), from http://namle.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/CorePrinciples.pdf.

American Medical Association (AMA) Style

National Association for Media Literacy Education. Core Principles of Media Literacy Education in the United States. Available at: http://namle.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/CorePrinciples.pdf. Accessed on (insert date with no parentheses).