Current State of Media Literacy of Czech Teachers and Possibilities of Its Development
Abstract: The poster provides readers with a general overview regarding the current state of Media education within the Czech education system, contemporary research on media literacy and pre-service teachers preparation programmes with respect to media education. Since 2004, Media education has been a part of the so-called General Framework Curricula, which positioned media literacy as a cross-curricular topic. “Cross-curricular” means that Media education does not stand as a subject on its own but must be integrated into various subjects. As a consequence, every teacher should possess a high media literacy level. Albeit responsible for covering the topic of Media education, the research conducted by Palacký University showed that many teachers fail to distinguish between an information and disinformation. Moreover, 80% od Czech teachers have not had an opportunity to take a course focused on Media education as a part of their teaching preparation. Such findings should both serve as waring sign and impetus to improvement of the current pedagogical training system. However, the effective enhancement of the media literacy in Pedagogical preparation is only possible if is supported by the actual data. Hence, the forthcoming research will examine the three basic aspects of teacher training; the numbers of students who have taken media education subjects, their intrinsic motivation and readiness to teach media education, and the topics they have covered by the subject.