Investigating the Relationship between Media Literacy Levels, Perceptions of Democracy and Authoritarian Personality Traits of College Students

By Akan Deniz Yazgan and Remzi Y. Kincal.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The aim of this study is to investigate the relationship between the media literacy levels, perceptions of democracy and authoritarian personality traits of university students. The sampling of the study consists of 397 students in the Faculty of Education in Çanakkale 18 Mart University (Turkey). The Critical Media Literacy Scale, Perceptions of Democracy Scale and Authoritarianism Scale is used as a data collection tool and it was practised to the sampling group of 2008-2009 autumn term. At the end of the data analyses it’s found out that there is a significant relationship between the total points of the students Critical Media Literacy Scale and Perceptions of Democracy Scale and Authoritarianism Scale. There are significant differences between the average points of Critical Media Literacy Scale and Authoritarianism Scale in terms of watching TV and reading newspaper habits and grade variable and there is not a significant difference between the average points of the Critical Media Literacy Scale and Authoritarianism Scale in terms of the gender variable. Also there is a significant difference between the average points of the Critical Media Literacy Scale and Democracy Perception Scale in terms of the gender variable.

Keywords: Media Literacy, Perception of Democracy, Authoritarian Personality

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp.381-400. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.253MB).

Akan Deniz Yazgan

Research Assistant, Education Studies, Curriculum and Instruction, Faculty of Education, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Canakkale, Turkey

I am a research assistant and doctorate student at Education Studies Department, Faculty of Education, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University in Turkey. My current research interests are curriculum and instruction issues and media literacy education.

Remzi Y. Kincal

Professor, Education Studies, Curriculum and Instruction, Faculty of Education, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Canakkale, Turkey

I am a professor at Education Studies Department, Faculty of Education, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University in Turkey. My research areas are curriculum and instruction, sociology of education, democracy education and media literacy education.

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