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Title: Exploring attitudes to moving image media education in Northern Ireland post primary schools
Author: Kelly, Marie Alice
ISNI:       0000 0004 5989 0861
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2015
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This mixed methods research provides insights into the current statutory provision for Moving Image Media Education (MIME) in NI's post primary curriculum. The advocacy document which promoted its curriculum inclusion, lA Wider Literacy: The Case for Moving Image Media Education in Northern Ireland' (NIFTC/BFI, 2004), argued that moving image is crucial to our understanding of literacy in the 21st century, where print based literacies are being superceded by multiliteracies. This research illustrates how far the advocacy document has impacted on current curriculum practices by providing a snapshot of the existing provision and dissemination of MIME in NI's post-primary schools. The perspectives of teachers and other associated stakeholders, involved in the delivery of MIME, indicate that there are challenges and misconceptions associated with MIME as a new literacy. The research reveals eight enabling factors are pre-requisites to MIME becoming a curriculum imperative: (i) agreed pedagogy, (ii) agreed policy, (iii) research, (iv) strategic unity of purpose among stakeholders, (v) funding mechanisms, (vi) appointed post-holders inside and/or outside school, (vii) supportive senior management teams and (viii) ongoing CPD - pedagogical and technical training. 'A Wider Literacy' has had its successes. Northern Ireland is the only region in the UK to offer Moving Image Arts at GCSE and A Level, and to have MIME as a statutory part of its KS3 curriculum. However, it is clear it is not universally accepted as "applicable in all subjects" (NIFTC/BFI, 2004, p.5), as intended. Moreover, it seems unlikely that MIME will become a curriculum staple until it becomes a compulsory part of all initial teacher training courses and is officially endorsed by DENI as an essential teaching and learning strategy. Until then this multiliteracy will remain "contentious in terms of classroom practice and teacher education" (Carrington and Robinson, 2009, p.3).
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Ed.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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