Media education: concepts, history and perspectives

In order to build a diverse and inclusive society of information, it is more than ever necessary to give all citizens and particularly young people the skills enabling them to understand information, take the distance necessary for critical analysis, use and produce informations and all kinds of messages. This conviction inspired this article which objective is to present the last trends of media education in the word, its concepts and actions, in order to contribute for its development in Brazil. Media education is important because we live in a world where the medias are omnipresent and we have to take in consideration their increasing importance in social life, particularly as concerns the younger generations. To promote media education is important also because the gap, which often separates education systems and th world which surrounds us, impairs preparations for the adult life of younger generations.

Media education; Media literacy; Educommunication; Communication and education

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