Can kindness promote media literacy skills, self-esteem, and social self-efficacy among selected female secondary school students? An intervention study

Jesus Alfonso Daep DATU, Shuk Ping Grace WONG, Christine RUBIE-DAVIES

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Abstract

There is a growing traction about the educational and psychological benefits of fostering media literacy competencies. Despite the increasing evidence about the social aspects of media literacy, limited research has been conducted on how socially oriented media literacy interventions affect media literacy and psychological outcomes. The present study investigated the effects of a two-session kindness intervention on perceived media literacy skills (i.e., functional consumption, critical consumption, functional prosumption, and critical prosumption) and psychological outcomes (i.e., self-esteem and social self-efficacy) in a sample of 300 female junior secondary school students from a private secondary school in Hong Kong. This kindness intervention involved teaching the benefits of performing acts of kindness and facilitating experiential learning activities to promote kindness. Results of dependent sample t-tests demonstrated that participants had significantly higher scores on critical prosumption and psychological outcomes (i.e., self-esteem and social self-efficacy). The findings offered preliminary evidence for the beneficial impact of kindness curriculum in increasing advance media literacy skill, confidence about one's self, and perceived capacity in maintaining smooth interpersonal relationships. Copyright © 2020 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
JournalComputers & Education
Volume161
Early online date24 Oct 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Oct 2020

Citation

Datu, J. A. D., Wong, G. S. P., & Rubie-Davies, C. (2021). Can kindness promote media literacy skills, self-esteem, and social self-efficacy among selected female secondary school students? An intervention study. Computers & Education, 161. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2020.104062

Keywords

  • Hong Kong students
  • Kindness curriculum
  • Media literacy skills

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