Copyright, digital media literacies and preservice teacher education

Michael Dezuanni, Cushla Kapitzke & Radha Iyer
Published Online: Oct 15, 2010
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Abstract

This article considers copyright knowledge and skills as a new literacy that can be developed through the application of digital media literacy pedagogies.  Digital media literacy is emerging from more established forms of media literacy that have existed in schools for several decades and have continued to change as the social and cultural practices around media technologies have changed.  Changing requirements of copyright law present specific new challenges for media literacy education because the digitisation of media materials provides individuals with opportunities to appropriate and circulate culture in ways that were previously impossible.  This article discusses a project in which a group of preservice media literacy educators were introduced to knowledge and skills required for the productive and informed use of different copyrights frameworks.  The students’ written reflections and video production responses to a series of workshops about copyright are discussed, as are the opportunities and challenges provided by copyright education in preservice teacher education.

Keywords: Copyright, Creative Commons, digital media literacy, media education, media literacy, new literacy, preservice teacher education.

Biographical Statements

Dr Michael Dezuanni lectures in film and media curriculum in the undergraduate and graduate Faculty of Education courses at Queensland University of Technology.  His current research interests include digital media literacies and participatory culture, post structuralist approaches to theorising the relationship between young people and media and media education in school curricula.

Cushla Kapitzke is Associate Professor at the School of Cultural and Language Studies in Education, Queensland University of Technology, Australia.  Her current research interests include creative and educational governance in relation to the shrinking domains of public knowledge and public education within economies driven by global capital.

Dr Radha Iyer is a lecturer at the School of Cultural and Language Studies n Education, Queensland University of Technology, Australia.  Her research interests include media literacy, curricular literacies, gender issues and teacher education.

Email: m.dezuanni@qut.edu.au


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