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Media, Curriculum, and Teaching

Media fall into two general categories: old media (traditional mass media) and new media (web-based media). This entry addresses the ways in which those media function as nonschool teachers and create an informal nonschool curriculum about diversity. In addition, the entry discusses diversity-related implications of media for PreK–12 schools, colleges, and universities.

Overview

Media teach as well as create and disseminate ideas and images about myriad topics, including race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and disability. As such they function as nonschool educators about diversity.

Until recently, books and articles on media and diversity have generally focused on such traditional media as newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and motion pictures. In the past 2 decades, however, the explosion of the Internet has revolutionized the concept of media to include ...

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