Media Literacy of Schoolgirls and Schoolboys in an Information Society Karmen Erjavec
Summary: Media play a key role in the everyday life of schoolgirls and schoolboys. Frequent use of the media and the ever-present media culture indicate the need for media literacy and the inclusion of media education in school curriculums. Through a comparative analysis, this paper presents the advantages and deficiencies of particular models of media education, particularly critical media education. The author analyzes the results of studies in media literacy among Slovenian schoolboys and schoolgirls, which reveal that the schoolchildren have production knowledge and skills, but lack reflexive knowledge that would enable them to critically analyze, evaluate, and create their own media content. The author also establishes that media education is deficient in the Slovenian primary curriculum.