Current Perspectives in Media Education

It's here! Available at a book store near you and all over the INTERWEBS. I'm chapter 9 :)

I’ve really enjoyed dipping into Current Perspectives in Media Education this week (a book for which I wrote a chapter on “Emerging Pedagogies in Higher Education”). Pete Fraser and Jonathan Wardle have put together a wonderful collection which “seeks to widen the debate and offers perspectives on where media education has been and where it might be going. With chapters from leading figures in the field, including David Buckingham and Henry Jenkins, Current Perspectives in Media Education brings together a range of viewpoints from across all sectors, from primary to university and including accounts from the UK, USA, Canada and Australia.”

The chapters are as follows:
1. Introduction: Beyond a Manifesto for Media Education; Pete Fraser and Jonathan Wardle
2. Back to the Future? Old and New Agendas in Media Education; Jenny Grahame
3. Challenging Concepts: Learning in the Media Classroom; David Buckingham
4. Media Education: A Tool for Social Inclusion; Steve Connolly
5. Educating Media Educators; Kate Domaille
6. ‘These are my photos of when I was little’: Locating Media Arts in the Primary School Curriculum; Michael Duezanni and Annette Woods
7. Public Space and Media Education in the City; Stuart Poyntz
8. From New Media Literacies to New Media Expertise; Henry Jenkins
9. Emerging Pedagogies; Helen Keegan (available from the USIR repository)
10. Cultural Disneyland? The History of an Inferiority Complex; Richard Berger
11. Not ‘philosophy of media education’, but ‘media education as philosophy’: Working With ‘creativity’; Mark Readman
12. We are the Resurrection: Media Education after the Media; Julian McDougall

NEW BOOK: “Mentoring for 21st Century Skills – It’s all about the Learning”

The VITAE partnership have recently published the book “Mentoring for 21st Century Skills – It’s all about the Learning”. The project itself is based around the use of social technologies in VET (vocational education and training), and our aim has been to empower vocational teachers to mentor their students and colleagues to work competently in the digital world.  In the book, we present a collection of papers and articles which represent the varied backgrounds and interests of the authors, all of whom belong to the VITAE team who developed a variety of materials and approaches. While some articles are practical in their focus, describing the application of pedagogic models and the experiences of the participants; others are more theoretical, offering explorations of the approaches taken in developing the VITAE model.

The chapters are as follows:

Chapter 1: Teacher competence development – a European perspective
Chapter 2: The VITAE Approach
Chapter 3: Exploring Web 2.0 and Mentoring as Tools for Lifelong Learning
Chapter 4: Guided course development on the basis of an e-learning patterns template
Chapter 5: Fun and Games in professional development
Chapter 6: The VITAE e-portfolio – a catalyst for enhanced learning
Chapter 7: Community-based mentoring and innovating through Web 2.0
Chapter 8: Web 2.0 – Learning Culture and Organisational Change

Although there are print copies for sale, we’ve use CC licensing so if you want to download a copy of the book follow this link