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ERIC Number: EJ1232938
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Media Competence in Spanish Secondary School Students. Assessing Instrumental and Critical Thinking Skills in Digital Contexts
Pérez-Rodríguez, Amor; Delgado-Ponce, Agueda; Marín-Mateos, Pilar; Romero-Rodríguez, Luis M.
Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, v19 n3 p33-48 Jul 2019
The ways in which young people communicate have changed in line with the impact of technologies. This change has been accompanied by growing differences between the young, and their "liquid" experience, and adults with their "solid" experience, and these shapes the state of the question that defines young people as digital natives. This work analyses Spanish adolescents' level of media competence. The sample consisted of 672 students attending secondary schools in 10 provinces in Spain. The average age of the participants was 14. The study aims to show that, although today's adolescents are described as the digital generation, and there is a widely held belief that they are digital natives, their level of media competence is low and there is need for fomenting greater literacy skills in this field. The "ad hoc" questionnaire yielded results that indicate an overall medium level of media competence, but a skills shortage in the dimensions relating to critical thinking, such as in reception and audience, production and programming processes, and ideology and values. The conclusions question the supposed superior competence of digital natives in media. This study underlines the need for a clear definition of the concept of media competence from a convergence perspective.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Media Literacy, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Knowledge Level, Competence
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Spain