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Test, Evaluate, And Validate Teaching Guidelines To Spot Fake News

Absent from the latest new media literacy toolkit designed for schools ranging from the primary to junior college level (TODAY, Nov. 2) and its teaching guidelines to spot falsehoods – and in fact, from the forthcoming, broader national framework to build information and media literacy too – appears to be robust research attempts to evaluate the effectiveness of these endeavours. Immediate questions which follow include: The extent to which teachers are familiar with and have the capacity to teach the toolkit; how students benefit from the teaching resource; and ultimately whether teachers and students, beyond the context of the classroom, actually put their skills and knowledge into practice. Continue reading

On (Online) Falsehoods: Everyone Wants “Media Literacy”. But How Should We Actually Teach Or Inculcate It?

Yet this assumption that media literacy is the long-term panacea for falsehoods in general remains unchallenged. And problematically too it also avoids the harder and more meaningful questions of how exactly to teach or to inculcate media literacy, and how the effectiveness of these programmes can be determined. After all, promoting such discourse can be unsettling, especially when notions of what constitutes “truth” are confronted. In the Singaporean context, however, the much-needed discourse on media literacy and public education can be guided by three related questions: First, the extent to which existing media literacy programmes been effective (or not); second, whether we are willing to re-examine traditional approaches to media literacy as we know it, while acknowledging instances of failure; and third, how we might involve teachers and their schools – who were hardly represented in this consultative process – more constructively in the future. Continue reading

What Are Online News Sites Good For?

If aspirations to raise the level of socio-political discourse and to hold politicians and policymakers in Singapore to account – which I believe to be the most productive purpose of these sites – are “snobbish”, “condescending”, and “pretentious”, then yes, I am guilty as charged. Continue reading

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