What media do media educators deal with? On 14th December, Ed Balls announced a new government commitment to ‘promoting greater media literacy for young people’, but glossed this as ’how schools can help boost children’s online skills and teach young people about how to stay safe online’.
There is a depressing familiarity about this position: media education only ever attracts the attention of government when it can be linked to public anxieties about the effects of the latest media trends. We still live with the anomaly of statutory responsibility for media literacy resting with the regulator Ofcom.
Editors: Jenny Grahame and Roy Stafford
One of the issues we always face is that in reality the status of film and media as cultural activities in the UK is very low.
Despite all the growth in film and media courses, the cultural status of our work has perhaps fallen since both showing films and making films became easier to access in schools. Examined courses in film and media are still only for the minority of students. How many schools still see putting on a film as an easy way to entertain students rather than as a cultural activity? How many of us have to accept that school visits to theatre or art exhibitions will take precedence over trips to the cinema? In this context, the idea of addressing the cultural status of other forms of media seems depressingly remote.
Editors: Nick Potamitis, Roy Stafford and Ian Wall
PoV2 has a theme of ‘progression’. David Buckingham argues for more research into what actually happens in media education classrooms. He believes that research reveals that children engage with media at an earlier age than is usually accepted and that this has an important bearing on progression questions. This is demonstrated in a report on a major project on moving image media conducted across primary schools in Lincolnshire written up by Jeannie Bulman and Chris Whitney. Jackie Newman and Roy Stafford then address the progression from GCSE to A Level in terms of the new Film Studies GCSE and John Wardle suggests how higher education should handle the transfer of students from the Creative and Media Diploma onto HE courses.
As well as the usual range of reviews, this issue also continues its coverage of the Film Club initiative with a follow-up article by Terry Bolas to his PoV1 offering and an account of what starting a Film Club operation in a secondary school actually means from Steve Murray.
Editors: Cary Bazalgette, Jenny Grahame and Roy Stafford
The inaugural edition of PoV looks at a range of pressing current issues that are important to everyone teaching media, but which are presented in terms of work in different sectors.
Cary Bazalgette questions the profileration of literacies, arguing there should be only one literacy and in Roy Stafford’s article ‘in the picture‘ offers an update on the Creative and Media Diploma. Other PoV articles include the first of two reports on Film Club by Terry Bolas while advanced skills teacher Elaine Homer writes about students as media authors. Jenny Grahame also looks at the role of continuing professional development and how it can best help media teachers. The issue also contains a number of reviews of the latest media education titles.