Where Our Youth Are in the New Media World: Measures of New Media Literacy


The recent development of highly immersed media-rich environment, and the rapid adoption of tablet computers and smart phones has proliferated new media to almost every aspect of our daily life. It is now possible to use Google Maps to check for direction while travelling in a foreign country. People use their smart phones to check Facebook while waiting for a bus to stay connected with their friends. Connectivity has become an important part of our social life. Youth, in particular, are attracted to new media as a platform and space for activities not passible in the face-to-face context. Recent studies showed that there is an increasing trend of school taking advantage of the new media affordances. This highlights the importance for educators and policy makers to understand where our youths are in terms of their capabilities to participate in the new media spaces. This capability can be conceptualized as new media literacy (NML). This paper presents information regarding a developed instrument to measure youth’s NML based on the NML framework proposed by the most current research of Lin, Li, Deng, and Lee (2013). Reviews of literature related to NML and existing instruments will be shared and followed by the description of the development and validation of the instrument. Results show that the developed instrument is reliable and valid ready for subsequent data collection and comparative studies. Further discussion on highlights of unique contributions and directions for future studies will be provided in this presentation.

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Ling Lee, National Institute of Education, Singapore
Jen-Yi Li, National Institute of Education, Singapore
Tzu-Bin Lin, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
Der-Thanq Chen, National Institute of Education, Singapore

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Conference: ACE2014
Stream: Disciplines and interdisciplinary approaches

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