Media Education across Europe

Media Education across Europe

Media Education across Europe

Media Education across Europe

Synopsis

Education in and about the media is expanding across Europe and, like the industries it studies, is changing rapidly. The future of media education is a matter of live concern in all European countries, as educators and practitioners throughout the continent come together to learn from each other and to plan for the changes to come. Media Education Across Europe identifies the exciting developments now taking place within and across the boundaries of European nation-states. Essays from eight countries - the U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Sweden and the Netherlands - explore the development of courses and approaches to the subject in each country. The contributors also consider the prospects for European collaboration in media education; the possibilities opening up for graduate employment and the future conflict - and co-operation - between media teachers and media employers.

Excerpt

This book has its origins in a colloquium at the University of the Basque Country in May 1992. The chapters which reflect on national experiences are developed from papers given at that meeting and the rest of the book owes a great deal to discussions which took place there. The book does not set out to provide a comprehensive description of media education even in the countries represented. Any attempt to do so would become rapidly out of date. Rather, it displays arguments which are important in the countries concerned. Needless to say all chapters represent the views of individual authors, not the official positions of their universities.

Grateful thanks are due to all those who helped with the meeting, including the Broadcasting Standards Council, which provided much of the funding, and the Universities of the Basque Country and of Karlstad. Particular thanks go to those representatives of the media professions from whose advice the discussion at the colloquium gained great benefit: Roger Bolton and Eduard Boet from broadcast journalism, and Colin Shaw and Andrea Millwood Hargrave of the Broadcasting Standards Council.

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