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Media Club: Media Literacy and Media Education Research Methods: a Handbook

In this session, Pierre Fastrez and Normand Landry will examine the field of media literacy and media education research from the perspective of its research methods. They will argue that methodological discussions are an exciting way to interrogate the foundations of this field of research, and open up a dialogue on fundamental questions about what is meant by “media education”. Such methodological discussions also challenge us to reflect on the nature of “media literacy” as a set of learning outcomes that should result from educational initiatives as the socio- technical contexts and associated educational needs rapidly evolve. The session will introduce the variety of research methods featured in the book, grouped according to whether they focus on media practices, educational initiatives or prescriptive discourse.

Date: Monday, November 6th, 2023

Time: 12 pm EST | 6 pm CET | 10:30 pm IST

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Hosts: Pierre Fastrez and Normand Landry

Pierre Fastrez



Pierre Fastrez is Senior Research Associate, Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research and Professor of Information and Communication at the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium). His main research interests concern the definition of media literacy competence and media literacy assessment methods.

Normand Landry



Normand Landry is Professor at TÉLUQ University and Canada Research Chair in Media Education and Human Rights. His work focuses on communication rights, media education, social movement theory, law, and democratic communications.


About the Book: Media Literacy and Media Education Research Methods: a Handbook (Fastrez & Landry, eds., 2024) interrogates the foundations of media literacy and media education research from a methodological standpoint. It provides a detailed, illustrated overview of key methods used in the study of media literacy and media education. Further, it reveals the diversity of this research field and organizes this diversity by using three categories of investigation: media practices, educational initiatives, and prescriptive discourses. The book offers valuable reference points and tools for exploring the range of research methods used to study media literacy and media education and how these methods connect to epistemological stances, theoretical frameworks, and research questions. It serves as a guide for researchers who wish to position themselves, reflect on the methods they use or are considering using, and compare and contrast them against alternative or complementary approaches. After reading this book, readers will be better able to identify and define the objects of study in media literacy and media education research, the preferred ways of conducting investigations, the phenomena, issues, and dimensions that these are likely to bring to light, and the knowledge that they generate. This comprehensive and up-to-date overview of the field of media literacy education research methods will be of great interest to scholars and students of education studies, media studies, media literacy, cognitive science, and communication studies.

The complete table of contents can be accessed Here.

The book can be bought Here. A special discount can be accessed Here

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