New Media Literacy of School Students in Singapore

Project Number
OER 32/09 VC

Project Duration
September 2010 - February 2014

Status
Completed

Abstract
The rapid development of new media affects the way in which people, largely the younger generation, interact, socialize and work. The new media present unprecedented opportunities for far wider participation in the continuing social, economic and cultural development in a global context. At the same time, this global phenomenon also inevitably brings with it many issues such as misinformation, information overload, unwanted surveillance, abuse of the vulnerable etc. The new media age requires people to participate with new media in a responsible and informed manner - they need to fully understand the means by which information, ideas and opinions are created, circulated and shared in new media, and has the capacity for access to, produce and participate in the new media environment (Universitat Aut�noma de Barcelona, 2007). Singapore government recognises the significance of the global new media culture and the need to prepare younger generation to meet the requirements of new media society. It is critical to Singapore's future economic prosperity and its population's economic competitiveness that an average Singaporean student be proficient at knowledge adaptation and knowledge generation. In turn, the critical success factors lie in how these students can meaningfully engage in social-participatory activities that utilize new media that help them to be effective and efficient navigators, researchers, aggregators and analyzers of information sources and data. New media education policies and intervention requires the backing of research-based evidence that provides an objective assessment of the current state of new media literacy as well as the desired state of achievements. This project is a survey study that assesses the level of new media literacy of students in the Singapore schools. There is a lack of consensus on the meaning and scope of the new media literacy in the literature. This project will research on the scope of new media literacy and develop a conceptual framework for new media literacy. In addition, the existing literature has no mature quantitative instrument to measure new media literacy. This project will contribute to the new media literacy research by developing and validating a survey instrument to measure students' new media literacy. The findings from this project will inform the Ministry of Education (MOE) Singapore policies related to new media education. Specifically, the project will help MOE identify the set of essential media literacy for students, and revise the existing set of baseline ICT standards for students to equip our students with the essential set of new media literacies for both formal and informal learning environments.

Research Themes
Learning Science & Pedagogy

Funding Source
NIE

Related Links
SingTeach Issue 51 (Nov/Dec 2014): Liberating Learning
NIE Research Brief No. 14-003: New Media Literacy of School Students in Singapore

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