Media literacy research under the microscope: substantial, but fragmented and mostly concerned with children and adolescents

Media literacy research under the microscope

Currently, hardly anyone doubts the ubiquity of media. It brings media literacy into the focus of attention of parents and teachers and of policy makers too. In the Fall of 2020, The Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science commissioned Sanne Opree, Jeroen Jansz and assistant Brechtje Stam to conduct a large-scale project investigating the state of the art in research on media literacy in the Netherlands in the period between 2013 and 2020.

Their report Mediawijsheid onderzoek onder de loep (in Dutch) shows that research on media literacy is substantial, but fragmented and mostly concerned with children and adolescents. The researchers recommend to broaden the scope of future studies in collaboration with the Netwerk Mediawijsheid. In response to the Ministry’s request, the researchers recommend to invest in a monitor that would enable cateloguing the development of media literacy over time.

Download the Media Literacy Final Report 2021