Special Issue "Media Education and Digital Literacy"

A special issue of Education Sciences (ISSN 2227-7102). This special issue belongs to the section "Curriculum and Instruction".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. José Gómez Galán
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1. Department of Education, University of Extremadura, Avda. de Elvas, s/n, 06006 Badajoz, Spain
2. College of Education, Ana G. Méndez University, Cupey Campus, San Juan, PR 00926, USA
Interests: media education; digital literacy; educational technology; theory of education; history of education; higher education; holistic education
Prof. Dr. Jose Ángel Martínez-López
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Department of Social Work and Social Services, University of Murcia, Avda. Teniente Flomesta, 30003 Murcia, Spain
Interests: health education; life-long education; social work; social services; long-term care; sustainable development
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Dr. Cristina Lázaro-Pérez
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Department of Sociology, University of Murcia, Campus Universitario, 11, 30100 Murcia, Spain
Interests: health education; clinical psychology; social welfare; psychological care; healthy aging
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The digital revolution is profoundly modifying our lifestyle habits, our means of understanding the world. It seems evident that we are aiding the birth of a new stage in our civilization. The digital revolution of ICT—which has brought with it the digitization of all information—is paving the way for a new era. Physical space, as much a determining factor as in the previous historic stages, stops having such relevance when it is substituted by a virtual space where communications between human beings cover the whole planet, globalizing it in every scope (cultural, economic, social, etc.). In this new context, education has to offer responses to new needs. The human being of the 21st century needs knowledge, capabilities, and outlooks for a new society in which the communicative processes have so much relevance. Just like traditionally, when one of the basic objectives of education was linguistic and cognitive literacy—with the acquisition of fundamental competencies such as, for example, the ability to read and to write—today, literacy in the new multimedia and hypermedia languages is also necessary. This is what we would definitively call digital literacy.

At present, we are, due to the digital revolution, in a process of convergence that we call techno-media, and in which media—as much the traditional as the newest, from the press or the radio to the Internet and social networks—stop existing as separate entities in order to form part of a unique digital media that covers the whole of human communication. The divisions between the media cease to exist, and we find ourselves in a unique interactive communication system, borne out of the digital paradigm. In this sense, our knowledge of technology and means of communication, the absolute protagonists of our world become essential. Most importantly, in the world of education, to face the challenge, it is not necessary to create an extraordinary and complex innovation of uncertain productivity, since we already have a fundamental pedagogical paradigm of long-standing tradition and excellent results where it is applied: media education. This is something which should be essential in search of an authentic education for the needs of the contemporary world, and a fundamental pillar of a correct literacy of a citizen of the 21st century, which will allow us to transform and improve current society and undertake effective digital literacy from grass roots.

Research papers and reviews of research studies that focus on this important and complex issue from all multidisciplinary perspectives (education, sociology, information science, cultural studies, journalism, psychology, anthropology, etc.) are welcome in this Special Issue.

Prof. Dr. José Gómez Galán
Prof. Dr. Jose Ángel Martínez-López
Dr. Cristina Lázaro-Pérez
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • media
  • digital literacy
  • teaching
  • learning
  • media education
  • educational technology
  • digital education
  • technology convergence
  • holistic education
  • ICT
  • media influence

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Portuguese Primary and Secondary Education in Times of COVID-19 Pandemic: An Exploratory Study on Teacher Training and Challenges
Educ. Sci. 2021, 11(9), 542; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci11090542 - 15 Sep 2021
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The discussion about the use of digital technologies in education is not new. However, the COVID-19 pandemic and the total closure of schools around the world, that forced millions of students to attend their classes from home, has demonstrated the importance of this [...] Read more.
The discussion about the use of digital technologies in education is not new. However, the COVID-19 pandemic and the total closure of schools around the world, that forced millions of students to attend their classes from home, has demonstrated the importance of this discussion. It has highlighted the need to revisit debates about the interactions between technology and education, and the added value of digital resources to enhance the educational process. This article, based on an exploratory analysis, aims to understand how the transition from face-to-face to digital was accomplished in Portuguese primary and secondary education, namely regarding teacher training and the difficulties experienced during the emergency remote education period. The data analysed in this article were collected through an online questionnaire, disseminated through online social networks, and answered by 136 Portuguese primary and secondary education teachers. The questions focused on this article were open-ended, and the information collected was analysed using content analysis methodology. The results show how teachers have been forced to modify their pedagogical work, the importance of training, and the inherent challenges and critical reflections associated with the process, as well as the opportunities presented in a post-pandemic educational reality. Full article
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The Development of the Competency of “Cultural Awareness and Expressions” Using Movie-Induced Tourism as a Didactic Resource
Educ. Sci. 2021, 11(7), 315; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci11070315 - 24 Jun 2021
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Competence in “Cultural awareness and expressions” requires very stimulating activities for its development, and cinema can be used as an interesting enhancer of educational action. The educational potential of the so-called movie-induced tourism, which has increased in recent years thanks to the impact [...] Read more.
Competence in “Cultural awareness and expressions” requires very stimulating activities for its development, and cinema can be used as an interesting enhancer of educational action. The educational potential of the so-called movie-induced tourism, which has increased in recent years thanks to the impact of major productions such as The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars or Game of Thrones, could bring extra motivation when developing any competency including the aforementioned one. This article aims to suggest some keys on film tourism as a didactic resource and how destinations might capitalize on it through entrepreneurship. In doing so, educational establishments located within film destinations can carry out projects in this sense to work on the competence of “Cultural awareness and expressions”. Thus, an example of didactic programming will be offered based on the creation of new tourist businesses to take advantage of Lord of the Rings saga filming in San Juan de Gaztelugatxe (Vizcaya, Basque Country, Spain). Full article
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Tourism and ICT. Bibliometric Study on Digital Literacy in Higher Education
Educ. Sci. 2021, 11(4), 172; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci11040172 - 06 Apr 2021
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The scientific production of digital literacy at the university level published in the Scopus database is analyzed, with a special emphasis on studies on tourism due to the relevance of information and communication technology (ICT) in said professional sector. For this, a bibliometric [...] Read more.
The scientific production of digital literacy at the university level published in the Scopus database is analyzed, with a special emphasis on studies on tourism due to the relevance of information and communication technology (ICT) in said professional sector. For this, a bibliometric study of a pertinent sample is undertaken using a mixed methodology and based on a series of variables related to formal and content aspects. The last variable, reserved for the academic field under study, directly addresses the main objective as regards tourism. The results show a great global and multidisciplinary interest in digital literacy (DL), mainly from students. There is also a parallel between the integration of ICT into society and the growing evolution of case studies, as well as little interest in their development in specific areas such as tourism studies. Despite good results in general terms, the lack of specialization poses challenges that require greater involvement of training institutions in the sense of providing future professionals with the necessary tools to face them successfully, especially in sectors such as tourism where ICTs are a key piece. Full article
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Title: Training outside the Teacher's Degree of future teachers in Spain for the didactic application of cinema: formal, non-formal and informal perspective of the education

Abstract: In today's society, the audiovisual media are of great relevance. In this sense, cinema is a mass media that treasures numerous educational possibilities. Based on this, the objective of this study was to know the training that future teachers in Spain receive outside the Teacher's Degree for the didactic use of films, and its influence on the perceptions about the educational potential of cinema and the predisposition to its use. With a quantitative approach, information was collected from 4659 students from 58 universities through the questionnaire "Perceptions about the potentialities of cinema as a didactic resource in pre-school and primary classrooms'' (PECID). The results obtained showed the low level of student training and the significant influence of training on the perceptions of the educational potential of film and on the predisposition to use it in future teaching practice. In conclusion, it can be stated that it is necessary to implement training plans to fill the gaps detected in favor of a quality education with active learning and more closely linked to society.  

Keywords: cinema; audiovisual media; training; university education; didactic resource; Teacher's Degree; formal education; non-formal education; informal education

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