This webinar will explore how the concept of ‘third space’ in education applies to what happens in school libraries and how they might offer a ‘third space’ intersection for critical media literacy in the era of ‘information disorder’. Using ‘fake news’ as a case study, we will think about how the school library can offer a critical thinking space that combines school subject knowledge with students’ media experiences. If home is the first space, school is the second, then the third space is in between but it is more than just a space, it is a different way of being in education, it acts as a rich, semi-permeable membrane – an intersection where learning is more dynamic than static.
The required equation to make all this happen is that students bring media knowledge from everyday life (first space) into the library where it is put in dialogue with the media / information context for curriculum content (second space). Using a critical media literacy framework, we can integrate media and information literacy work into school subjects to develop 3 As:
Awareness (of how media represent people, places, social issues, time periods, cultures)
Assessment (critical reading of media)
(active use of or creation of media)
The webinar will present the key concepts and findings from
the presenter’s research and then move on to discussion and practical activities
to test the concepts and apply them to participants’ practice.
Alison Tarrant, SLA CEO