Digital Media in Primary Schools - Literacy or Technology? Analyzing Government and Media Discourses

Sara Pereira, Luis Pereira

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This article examines the political and the media discourses concerning the Portuguese governmental program responsible for delivering a laptop named “Magalhães” to all primary school children. The analysis is based on the official documents related to the launch and development of the initiative as well as the press coverage of this topic. The main purpose is to recognize the dominant public discourses and to find out what the media select for the debate in the public sphere. This analysis was done with a particular focus on the critical media literacy framework. The results reveal that the press highlighted the negative aspects of that program and that this framing could have a strong impact on how it was accepted and understood by the public opinion. Analysis also reveals that the governmental initiative was predominantly driven by technological objectives, in particular the access to technology, rather than media literacy objectives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)316-341
Number of pages26
Journal Educational Policy
Issue number2
Early online date20 Jun 2013
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2015

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  • Digital Media
  • ICT governmental program
  • educational public policy
  • media literacy
  • basic education


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