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LSIS Research Development Fellowship (RDF) projects 2010-2011: The Urban Myth of Media Education in England

Principal focus of the project

The focus of the project was to explore the relevance of the TV and film media curriculum to the process of preparing students to work in the industry - according to discussions with those in the industry, vocational media courses were not regarded by employers as suitable preparation. The aim was to question the design of the vocational curriculum, drawing on the views of tutors, students, and industry practitioners

What is this about and what were the main findings?

The researcher arrived at a series of conclusions, drawn from discussion groups. These included: vocational media education needs to focus on production that is realistic for those that wish to develop relevant skills, and should not be dependent on familiarity with the academic curriculum; assessment should be simplified and include more practical work, linked to real tasks for clients, and students need to know where the curriculum will lead, as well as the realities of working in the industry

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Number of participants who worked with the project
Name(s) of authors

John Fitzsimmons - Exeter College

Name of associate programmes

LSIS Research Development Fellowship


A report describing a research project conducting a critical examination of media (TV and film) in the education curriculum, and exploring how local TV might affect the development of this curriculum

Resource Type: Report, Research report