Proceedings of The 4th International Academic Conference on Education, Teaching and Learning
Media Education in the Czech Republic
Mgr. Dominik Voráč,and Doc. Mgr. Kamil Kopecký, Ph. D.
The twenty-first century is associated with ever-accelerating technological progress. In particular, the development of the Internet and things related to it (such as social networks) brings with it increasing demands on the critical assessment of texts and media messages by their recipient. Orientation in the media, whether classic or so-called new media, and their use for purposes that bring benefits and not harm to the individual, is the basis of media literacy. The school and education play a significant role in the whole process, thanks to which the pupils should learn at least the basics of media literacy. Media education is currently a topic under discussion and each country approaches its implementation in a somewhat different way. In the research study, we deal with the current state of media education in the Czech Republic in terms of curriculum, its position in Czech society, educational materials or organizations associated with media education. We also focus on research carried out so far, which indicates the weaknesses in the implementation of media education. The study showed that media education is firmly entrenched in the Czech system of curricular documents in the form of a cross-cutting theme, but there is a discrepancy between the state which, according to these documents, should be, and the real state. There are several factors, such as insufficient teacher training, the fragmentation of educational materials and methodologies, as well as the unclear definition of a strategic concept for media literacy education.
keywords: Media literacy; teachers; disinformation.