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The challenges of the diverse media landscape when learning about current events in the social studies classroom

Rachel Tallon


The changing media landscape of the Internet has created a diverse environment for learning about global and national current events. Keeping up with the news is difficult and can result in students feeling overwhelmed by having to absorb so much information from so many sources. The argument is presented that a critical literacy approach to news media promotes a deeper level of learning about current events by teaching students to view news media as a cultural text. Problematic aspects of our current news media landscape, and learning about events through a resource such as a weekly quiz, are presented to support this argument. The call is made for social-studies educators to maintain a critical disposition towards the nature, placement, and power both of news media and of classroom-education resources about news.

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