HomeThe Asia-Pacific Education Researchervol. 11 no. 2 (2002)

Implementing Media Education in the Secondary Curriculum: A Hong Kong Experience

Chi-kim Cheung | Sui-lan Law

Discipline: Education



We live in a world that is saturated with mass media, consumed on a daily basis. Students spend a lot of time on media and they are susceptible to the messages conveyed by the media. What can teachers do? Schools must help students develop their analytical and critical thinking skills, so that they can critically evaluate information on important issues that affect the community. The implementation of media education is called upon. This study first describes what media education is and its relationship with the aims of education. Then the researchers describe the results of an example of implementing media education into the secondary curriculum of a school. It was observed from the students' written work that they have the potential and the ability to be media literate. The preliminary findings indicate that media education works and that students can become more critical and informed, able to employ skills and knowledge to interpret the powerful media messages that surround them.