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HKAECT 2014 International Conference

A Study of the Media and Information Literacy among Macau University Students: An Initial Study

Cathy K. W. Hoi, Timothy Teo and Mingming Zhou

Faculty of Education, University of Macau, Macau, China;;

Recent research have emphasized the importance of media and information literacy among university undergraduate and graduate students with respect to the high demand on the critical thinking skills alongside when they access various information and media sources. The current study extended three scales for measuring these two literacies, including the Media Literacy Self-assessment Scale, the Competence Information Literacy Questionnaire, and the UNESCO Information Literacy Lifecycle, into Chinese culture with Macau sample. The aims were to investigate the self-perception of these literacies of students from University of Macau, and the factors that may influence these self-perception. Result revealed that: first, gender created no difference on media and information literacy; second, participants who own digital devices tended to have higher self-perceived score on media literacy; and third, participants at Master’s Year 2 level showed significantly higher self-perceived scores on the UNESCO information literacy lifecycle. Findings from this study help educators and school policy makers to gain insights on the way to enhance students’ media and information literacy in the 21st century and therefore, in the future.

Keywords: Media literacy, Information literacy, Macau sample


HOI, K.W. Cathy

Ms Hoi is a PhD student at the Faculty of Education, the University of Macau. Her research interests include educational psychology, teachers’ and students’ motivation (self-efficacy, intrinsic or extrinsic motivation, achievement goal), and technology use in education.

TEO, Timothy

Timothy Teo is Professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Macau. His research interests include educational psychology (teachers’ and students’ self-efficacy, teachers’ beliefs about teaching and learning, etc.), ICT in Education, Music Education, and Quantitative Methods.

ZHOU, Mingming

Mingming Zhou is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Education, the University of Macau. Her research interests include Self-regulated Learning, Metacognition, Achievement Motivation, Innovative Research Methods in Education and Psychology, Technological Use in Teaching and Learning, Emotion, and Self-identity.