Implementation of media education and media literacy courses in secondary schools in Ukraine

At the request of Internews ERA conducted the third wave of research “Implementation of media education and media literacy courses in secondary schools in Ukraine”.

Here is an extract from the report:

Factors that could Speed up Media Education Implementation

  • In 2016, the majority of the interviewed teachers and OIPE coordinators believed that an Order by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine instating Compulsory Media Education Courses in secondary schools could open opportunities for media education implementation of in all schools throughout Ukraine. All 17 regional coordinators and 83 out of 90 teachers surveyed supported this opinion. However, the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine seemed to be in no hurry to make such an order, which is why the 2017 study recorded that only half of the 14 coordinators interviewed (seven) and less than a half of 118 teachers surveyed (50) believed that this order would be a guarantee to widespread and successful media education implementation in Ukraine. This idea can be explained by the disappointment of teachers and coordinators with insufficient support from the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, as well as with greater courage and self-confidence of the educators themselves.
  • The second highest rated recommendation supported by 67 teachers was “creation of a professional teacher association aimed at exchanging experience and discussing ME/ML educational materials”. In 2016, the second place was given to “financial assistance in developing proper ME materials”. It is worth noting that teachers felt the need to unite, as they realized that the experience accumulated must be discussed, improved and shared in the professional environment. Considering financial support, no one expects it anymore.
  • Systematic professional development was listed as the third most important factor for successful media education implementation. Regular exchanges on personal experiences, seminars and conferences for teachers, as well as opportunities to learn international approaches to introducing media education in school curricula could further strengthen media education implementation in Ukrainian schools and raise the professional qualifications of teachers.

Future Prospects

The prospects for further media education implementation have not changed significantly, when compared with findings of the previous studies. Experts explained that successful media education implementation at all secondary school levels would require developments in all areas – organizational, methodical and communicative. In particular: (1) widespread introduction of the media education courses in higher educational pedagogical/teacher training institutions in Ukraine; (2) adoption of a clear scientific definition of some new media education practices, in particular, ME integration with other school subjects; (3) development of an interactive electronic textbook for students, which would be available online; (4) creation of a permanent ME teacher association for consultations and exchange of experience; (5) financial support provided to teachers developing ME materials and implementing new ME teaching formats.

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