Theory of Media Literacy: A Cognitive Approach / Edition 1

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Overview

Theory of Media Literacy: A Cognitive Approach comprehensively explains how we absorb the flood of information in our media-saturated society and examines how we often construct faulty meanings from those messages. In this book, author W. James Potter enlightens readers on the tasks of information processing. By building on a foundation of principles about how humans think, Theory of Media Literacy examines decisions about filtering messages, standard schema to match meaning, and higher level skills to construct meaning.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761929529
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

W. James Potter is Professor of Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara. A holder of a Ph.D. in Communication Theory and another in Instructional Systems, he has also taught at Western Michigan University, Florida State University, Indiana University, UCLA, and Stanford University. He is a former editor of the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media. He has published numerous scholarly articles, book chapters, and 20 books, including Media Effects, The 11 Myths of Media Violence, Theory of Media Literacy, and Arguing for a General Framework for Mass Media Scholarship.

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Table of Contents

I. Background
Chapter 1: Why Do We Need a Theory of Media Literacy?
Chapter 2: Explicating the Construct of Media Literacy
II. Introducing the Theory
Chapter 3: Definitions and Distinctions
Chapter 4: The Media Literacy Model
Chapter 5: The Foundational Knowledge Structures
Chapter 6: The Personal Locus
Chapter 7: Competencies and Skills of Media Literacy
III. Information Processing
Chapter 8: The Filtering Task
Chapter 9: The Meaning-Matching Task
Chapter 10: The Meaning-Construction Task
Chapter 11: Traps in Meaning Construction
IV. Practices
Chapter12: Practices
Appendices
References
Preface

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