Inspecting Taiwan's media education for children from the teaching cases between 1999-2011

Hui-Ping Huang*

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Media education has often begun as a defensive enterprise, but cultivating media production capabilities has been a trend today. This study analyzes 53 teaching cases of media education for elementary school children in Taiwan. Results show that teaching cases increase over the years and instructors use both independent and infusion curricula to implement media education with the latter mostly infusing in social studies. Instructors mostly use discussions and lectures in class and conduct textual analyses to interpret commercialization and gender issues in the media. Recently, more creative teaching strategies such as simulation and practical training have been adopted. Also, students perform better understanding of media representation and the audience role. Overall, media education for school children has gained more attention in Taiwan and reveals a track gradually shifting from the protectionist to preparation models. To orient children in the digital age, media education needs to adopt more innovative teaching methods and to empower children to access digital media.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-193
Number of pages51
JournalMass Communication Research
Issue number129
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Media education
  • Media literacy
  • Preparation approach
  • Protectionism
  • Teaching cases

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