The Strangulation of Media Studies

. . . the reform of qualifications has required subject specialists to conform to some bizarre and illogical stipulations; to find their way through obstacle courses comprised of ludicrous bureaucratic requirements; and to second-guess and then respond to misrepresentations of their subject that are based on little more than prejudice and ignorance. What has resulted is an assessment system that is by no means more ‘demanding’ than the one it is replacing; and one whose contradictory requirements render it almost impossible to implement. Perhaps most importantly, it is a system that threatens to undermine the quality and coherence of the student experience. If Media Studies is to be ‘saved’ as a meaningful educational endeavour, teachers and students will need to find ways of working around the limitations and demands of an absurd and arbitrary assessment system.

David Buckingham and Pete Fraser

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