The Media Teacher’s Handbook is an indispensible guide for all teachers, both specialist and non-specialist, delivering Media Studies and media education in secondary schools and colleges.

It is the first text to draw together the three key elements of secondary sector teaching in relation to media study - the theoretical, the practical and the professional - in order to support media teachers throughout their careers:

  • Section One: Contexts explores the history of, rationale for, and justification of studying the media from 1900 to the present day, and considers the tensions implicit in the subject caused by opposing views of culture.
  • Section Two: Curriculum comprises seven chapters that focus on studying the media from Key Stages 3 and 4 in English, through GCSE and A Level Media Studies. It also explores approaches to teaching the Creative and Media Diploma, media and citizenship, and practical media production.
  • Section Three: Career Development is designed to support those establishing and leading Media Studies departments and those who are charged with the initial preparation and professional development of teachers.

Written by experts involved in the teaching, training and examination of Media Studies, this one-stop resource is packed with illustrative case studies and exemplar schemes of work which can be easily adapted for your own needs. Suggested Reading and Recommended Resources sections at the end of each chapter list additional books, films, DVDs, groups, agencies, organisations, contact details, websites and other materials which will support your teaching even further.

The Media Teacher’s Handbook is an essential guide to the theory, pedagogy, and practice of media education that will enable you to teach your subject expertly and with confidence.

chapter |5 pages


ByElaine Scarratt, Jon Davison

part |61 pages


chapter |16 pages

Media Education

Politics and Policy
ByElaine Scarratt, Jon Davison

chapter |15 pages

What is Media Education?

ByElaine Scarratt

chapter |14 pages

Internet, computer games and media learning

ByAdam Ranson

chapter |14 pages

Global and Local in Media Education

ByRoy Stafford

part |139 pages


chapter |20 pages

Media Studies GCSE (1)

Possibilities and Practice
ByElaine Homer, Elaine Scarratt

chapter |26 pages

Media Studies GCSE (2)

Schemes of Work
ByElaine Homer

chapter |19 pages

Media Studies A level

An introduction
ByElaine Scarratt

chapter |14 pages

Creative and Media Diploma

ByJon Wardle, Emma Walters

chapter |17 pages

Media and citizenship

ByElaine Scarratt, Jon Davison

chapter |21 pages

Practical media production

ByRob McInnes

part |31 pages

Career development