Critical Media Health Literacy in Burma/Myanmar: A Case Study of High School Students

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dc.contributor.author Beer, Christine M.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-05-07T21:17:35Z
dc.date.available 2014-05-07T21:17:35Z
dc.date.copyright 2014 en_US
dc.date.issued 2014-05-07
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/5370
dc.description.abstract Current health literacy research is reconceptualizing health literacy and social learning. Theorists are situating health literacy in the contexts of digital media and critical sociocultural theories (e.g., Wharf Higgins & Begoray, 2012), based on the proposition that literacy is a complex and layered human involvement in socio-political contexts (e.g., Gee, 2000; Lankshear & Knobel, 2011; Levin-Zamir, Lemish, & Gofin, 2011; Nahachewsky & Ward, 2007). Research with adolescents in various contexts around the world has indicated that an empowerment approach to literacy education is effective for health literacy interventions (King, 2007). This study responds to the need to design and facilitate high school curriculum to empower adolescents to develop health literacy, and the study responds to the research participants’ choice of mental health as the topic of an interdisciplinary curriculum. Situated in the traditions of qualitative case study research methods, and positioned to engage the online social media contexts in which adolescents participate, this study explored how Critical Media Health Literacy (Wharf Higgins & Begoray, 2012) is expressed by a particular group of Burmese adolescents. The data reveal how the theoretical concept of Critical Media Health Literacy, when operationalized as a unit of analysis for the case study and a theoretical framework for the data collection methods of the case study, can be facilitated in a way that engages the research participants in specific skills’ practice and in cognitive, emotional reflection on their own health and literacies capacities. Data collection methods involved face-to- face interviews, online social media blogs, web page designs, and face-to-face group discussions. The analysis found optimism, anxiety, and taking action were major themes shaping the conditions for the adolescents’ development of health literacy, showing health literacy to be integral with media literacy and critical capacities, and indicating the concept of Critical Media Health Literacy has relevance for curriculum that engages adolescents who are situated in Burma/Myanmar to take action to improve the health of themselves and others in their social contexts. The findings indicate that this population and the applicability of Critical Media Health Literacy for high school curriculum in this setting requires further exploration to understand why social determinants of health are perceived as inevitable, how social pressures related to health are negotiated, and how digital structures influence the criticality of literacies of adolescents in Burma/Myanmar. Theoretical frameworks for further research are proposed for an exploration of the systems of relations in socio- political and economic contexts that influence the development and enactment of Critical Media Health Literacy and health promoting performances of adolescents in Burma/Myanmar. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Critical Media Health Literacy en_US
dc.subject Digital Literacy en_US
dc.subject Health Promotion en_US
dc.subject Interdisciplinary Curriculum en_US
dc.subject Educational Philosophy en_US
dc.subject High School en_US
dc.subject Secondary School en_US
dc.subject Burma en_US
dc.subject Myanmar en_US
dc.subject Democratic Citizenship en_US
dc.subject Mental Health en_US
dc.subject Empowerment Curriculum en_US
dc.subject Social Media en_US
dc.title Critical Media Health Literacy in Burma/Myanmar: A Case Study of High School Students en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Begoray, Deborah
dc.degree.department Department of Curriculum and Instruction en_US
dc.degree.level Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D. en_US
dc.rights.temp Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0998 en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0573 en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0708 en_US

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