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Research and Scholarship

Some of the publications of Renee Hobbs and members of the Media Education Lab team

New Works

Media Literacy Entry in Encyclopedia

Renee Hobbs 2008 International Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents and the Media

Approaches to Instruction and Teacher Education in Media Literacy

Hobbs, R.2007October. Higher Education Research & Evaluation 1(China), 58-64.
Because of the rapidly changing nature of our global cultural environment and the role of literacy in enhancing personal, social and cultural development, the concept of literacy is now expanding to include digital, visual and electronic media and popular culture.

Non-Optimal Uses of Video in the Classroom

Hobbs, R.2006January. Learning, Media and Technology
This paper examines some instructional practices concerning the non-optimal uses of video, films
and other mass media in the K–12 classroom. Based on a six-year process of observing and

Development and Validation of a Smoking Media Literacy Scale

Primack B.A., Gold M.A., Switzer G.E., Hobbs R., Land S.R., & Fine M.J.2006January. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine

Associations Between Media Literacy and Adolescent Smoking

Primack, B.A., Hobbs, R., Switzer, G.E., Land, S., Fine, M.F. & Gold, M.2006January. Journal of Adolescent Health
Purpose. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the US, and 90% of adults who die from smoking begin as adolescents. Youth aged 8-18 are exposed to 81⁄2 hours of mass media daily, and such exposure is associated with increased smoking. Media literacy therefore presents

How Adolescent Girls Interpret Weight-Loss Advertising

Hobbs, R., Broder, S., Pope, H. & Rowe, J.2006January. Health Education Research
While they demonstrate some ability to critically analyze the more obvious forms of deceptive weight-loss advertising, many girls do not recognize how advertising evokes emotional responses or how visual and narrative techniques are used to increase identification in weight-loss advertising.

Strengthening Media Education in the Twenty-first Century: Opportunities for the State of Pennsylvania

Hobbs, R.2005January. Arts Education Policy Review

The State of Media Literacy Education

Hobbs, R. 2005January. Journal of Communication

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Hobbs, R.2005 Educational Leadership

Media Literacy, General Semantics, and K-12 Education

Hobbs, R.2004January. ETC: A Review of General Semantics

Analyzing Advertising in the English Language Arts Classroom: A Quasi-Experimental Study.

Hobbs, R.2004January. SIMILE: Studies in Media & Information Literacy Education
Students who learned how to critically analyze advertising as part of their Grade 11 English language arts class were compared to a demographically matched control group who did not receive such instruction. Four weeks of classroom activities involving the analysis

Review of "The Real Thing: Doing Philosophy with Media" by Christina Slade

Hobbs, R. 2004 Communication Education

Literacy in the Information Age (Translation)

Hobbs, R. 2004 Journal of Faculty of Educational Sciences

Measuring the Acquisition of Media Literacy Skills

Hobbs, R. and Frost, R.2003January. Reading Research Quarterly
Students who participated in a required yearlong Grade 11 English media/communication course that incorporated
extensive critical media analysis of print, audio, and visual texts were compared with students from a demographically