Media Education in an Emergent Democracy: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Although the research design was based on the Models of Media Education project in England, the findings of this survey point to some important areas for future research and development that are unique to South Africa.1 Most notably, these are: Media Education policy; curriculum design; Teacher Education and support, and the design of learning materials. Although this all sounds optimistic and encouraging, it is necessary however, to sound a note of caution. As is elaborated later in this chapter, Media Education is not perceived to be a priority issue by the current national curriculum planners. In order to understand the unique contribution that Media Education can make in South Africa at this particular historical juncture, it is helpful to have an overview of the historical and educational context.