This handbook interrogates the foundations of media literacy and media education research from a methodological standpoint. It provides a detailed, illustrated overview of key methods used in the study of media literacy and media education. Further, it reveals the diversity of this research field and organizes this diversity by using three categories of investigation: media practices, educational initiatives, and prescriptive discourses.

The book offers valuable reference points and tools for exploring the range of research methods used to study media literacy and media education and how these methods connect to epistemological stances, theoretical frameworks, and research questions. It serves as a guide for researchers who wish to position themselves, reflect on the methods they use or are considering using, and compare and contrast them against alternative or complementary approaches. After reading this book, readers will be better able to identify and define the objects of study in media literacy and media education research, the preferred ways of conducting investigations, the phenomena, issues, and dimensions that these are likely to bring to light, and the knowledge that they generate.

This comprehensive and up-to-date overview of the field of media literacy education research methods will be of great interest to scholars and students of education studies, media studies, media literacy, cognitive science, and communication studies.

Chapter 2 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at https://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 4.0 International license.

chapter |19 pages


Navigating the field of media literacy and media education through its research methods: media practices, educational initiatives, and prescriptive discourses

part 1|95 pages

Media practices

chapter 2|17 pages

Studying the Media Education Practices of Young Children at Home

Methodological Lessons From a Cross-National Qualitative Study on Digital Activities at Home

chapter 3|18 pages

Participatory action research and media literacy

Toward engaged, accountable, and collaborative knowledge production with marginalized communities

chapter 4|17 pages

Observing literacy practices in the “Third Space”

Research methods

part 2|103 pages

Educational initiatives

part 3|103 pages

Prescriptive discourses

chapter 11|18 pages

Analyzing public policies on media education: from modalization to modeling of official discourses

Proposed methodologies for a socio-anthropological approach to the analysis of institutional discourses in international comparison

chapter 14|17 pages

Critical discourse studies for research on media and information literacy projects

An illustrated discussion of seven methodological considerations

chapter 15|19 pages

Rethinking media education policy research and advocacy

A deliberative approach