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

New Works

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.

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

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

What's News?

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

Media Literacy Skills: Interpreting Tragedy

Hobbs, R.2001January. Social Education

Classroom Strategies for Exploring Realism and Authenticity in Media Messages

Hobbs, R.2001January. Reading Online
Teachers can improve students’ critical reading and viewing skills through interactive learning activities that make use of a wide range of nonfiction media, including film, television, print, and the Internet. Four classroom learning experiences designed to facilitate careful

Improving Reading Comprehension by Using Media Literacy Activities

2001January. Voices from the Middle
Rather than viewing popular culture as an enemy to the work we do in schools, Renee Hobbs challenges educators to find creative ways to build connections between kids' worlds and the work we do in classrooms. She shares a sequence of classroom engagements that

The Great Media Literacy Debates in 2001

Hobbs, R.2001 Community Media Review

Literacy for the Information Age

Hobbs, R.2000October. Classroom Leadership

Research in Media Literacy

Hobbs, R.2000 Telemedium: The Journal of Media Literacy

Teaching the Humanities in a Media Age

Hobbs, R.1999February. Educational Leadership
An innovative program helps teachers discover how to integrate media literacy concepts into high school humanities instruction.

Instructional Practices in Media Literacy Education and Their Impact on Students' Learning

Hobbs, R. & Frost, R.1999January. New Jersey Journal of Communication

Deciding What to Believe in an Age of Information Abundance

Hobbs, R.1999January.

People From Many Walks of Life Enrich The Media Literacy Movement

Hobbs, R.1999 The Journal of Media Literacy

Teaching With and About Film and Television

Hobbs, R.1998January. Journal of Management Development

The Simpsons Meet Mark Twain: Analyzing Popular Media Texts in the Classroom

Hobbs, R. 1998January. English Journal

Teaching Media Literacy

Hobbs, R. 1996January. Children and the media (Reprint of Media Studies Journal article, 1994).

The Billerica Initiative Brings Media Literacy to Middle School

Hobbs, R. 1994January. Community Media Review

A New Lens on Channel One

Hobbs, R. & Folkemer, P1994January. Education Week

Teaching Media Literacy - Yo! Are You Hip To This?

Hobbs, R.1994January. Media Studies Journal

The Billerica Initiative

Hobbs, R. 1994 Telemedium: The Journal of Media Literacy

See Dick and Jane Deconstruct: ABC's of Teaching Media Literacy

Hobbs, R. 1993August. The Independent

Channel One: Schulfernseshen zwischen innovation und kommerz (The Promise and Peril of Channel One)

Hobbs, R. 1993November. Bertelsmann Briefe

Teaching the Media

Hobbs, R. 1992 Journal of Communication