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

New Works

Which specific components of media literacy are most strongly associated with adolescent smoking?

Primack, B & Hobbs, R.2009 American Journal of Health Behavior

Best Practices Help End Copyright Confusion

Hobbs, R.2009 Council Chronicle

Copyright Confusion is Shortchanging our Students

Hobbs, R.2008March. Education Week

Creative Remixing and Digital Learning: Developing an Online Media Literacy Tool for Girls

Hobbs, R. and Rowe, J.2008 Digital literacy: Tools and methodologies for an information society

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.

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.

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