22/09/2020

Research assistant in communication, misinformation and media literacy (Early Career Researcher)

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    FUNDACIÓ BOSCH I GIMPERA
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Communication sciences
    Educational sciences
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    09/10/2020 23:00 - Europe/Athens
  • LOCATION
    Spain › BARCELONA
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    37,5
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    02/11/2020

OFFER DESCRIPTION

Access to information is one of the fundamental pillars of democratic societies. According to the liberal philosophical tradition, citizens can participate in public life and exercise their rights and duties as long as they have access to reliable information on relevant topics. Information that allows them to make reasoned decisions about their social and individual behavior. In democratic societies like ours, media has an informative role, forms public opinion to a larger extent, offers frameworks with which to interpret reality, and entails an element of counter-power. However, the emergence of the Internet has substantially changed how information is used and consumed.

Conversely, with the arrival of the Internet and click bait, the arguments put forward by the most skeptical authors are that content is increasingly designed to appeal to the emotional side of receivers and not so much to display information in a rigorous way. In the same vein, phenomena as current as the so-called "fake news", the discourse on "alternative facts", or the so-called "filter bubbles", reveal a threat of misinformation, as well as a lack of critical content consumption.

In a democratic society, citizens have the freedom to choose the means of communication and channels for their consumption within the ecosystem of information content. As such, each individual configures their own informative diet by consuming elements that, in part, they look for directly and, in part, by accidental exposure. Thus, the information diet of each individual is unique. However, it remains to be seen how media consumption habits are relevant in configuring the critical analysis capacity and whether it is a relevant factor independent from the sociological variables related to media literacy obtained through regulated training. Given the challenge posed by the sudden arrival of all these informational phenomena, democratic societies have given educational systems the responsibility of educating younger citizens in the critical capacity necessary to consume and use information in a rational manner. Nevertheless, teachers who must teach it, have not received training in media literacy.

Thus, the main objective of this research project is to determine the relationship between the capacity for critical analysis of information content, media literacy acquired throughout the prior training and the information diet consumed by students in the Master in Teacher Training in Secondary Education in Spain. This main objective is subdivided into four secondary operational objectives:

  1. From the curricula, analyze the elements related to media literacy in the various levels and formative itineraries of regulated education
  2. Develop and validate a methodological toolkit that enables evaluation of the quality of the information diet and capacity for critical anlysis of the information consumed by students studying a Masters in Teacher Training in Secondary Education in traditional and new media.
  3. Analyise the relationship among media literacy, information diet and capacity for critical analiysis among students of eight different Masters in Teacher Training in Secondary Education in 8 Autonomous Communities in Spain
  4. Establish and disseminate action guidelines and teaching recommendations adapted to the different curricular itineraries, to improve the capacity for critical analysis of information in the training period of future secondary education teachers.

Duration of the contract: 1 year

Required documents:

  • Application letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Transcript of Academic Records

Please send your application to:

Excellent level of Catalan is required.

Female applicants are explicitly encouraged to apply.

Priority will be given to people with disabilities.

More Information

Eligibility criteria

  • Master Degree or Equivalent
  • Motivation letter or cover letter
  • Academic Records

Selection process

  • 1st phase: Review of resume and cover letter
  • 2nd phase: Personal interview

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Communication sciences: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent
    SPANISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

  • Master Degree or equivalent in Communication and Media, Media literacy or related fields.
  • willingness to carry out a PhD on communication and misinformation phenomena.
  • Willingness to apply for PhD grants (FI, FPU, APIF, others..)
  • Curiosity and rigorousness.
  • Capacity to assist on quantitative and qualitative research methods.
  • Capacity to work in team.
  • Capacity to work autonomously and manage work by objectives.

Specific Requirements

  • Excellent level of Catalan

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
FUNDACIÓ BOSCH I GIMPERA - UNIVERSITY OF BARCELONA - Faculty of Information and Media
Spain
BARCELONA
BARCELONA
08028
BALDIRI REIXAC, 4-8

EURAXESS offer ID: 560759

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