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Research Methodologies in Media and Information Literacy I


This Curricular Unit is intended to provide the student with rigorous conceptual tools that enable him to investigate in the area of ¿¿MIL.


Media and Information Literacy and Digital Citizenship

Level of Qualification|Semesters|ECTS

| Semestral | 4,5

Year | Type of course unit | Language

1 |Mandatory |Português



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1. Introduction: 1.1. Specific domains of research in media education: online and offline interactions, specificities, and differences. 2. Historical Evolution: 2.1. Chicago School (John Dewey); 2.2. Participatory Action Research (Paulo Freire); 2.3. Ethnographic studies: from off to online. 3. The dilemmas between qualitative research and quantitative research. 4. Research concepts, methods and techniques 5. Aspects to be taken into account in the preparation of a research 6. From the influence of traditional methodology to new methodological concepts. 7. Analysis of social networks. 8. The problematic and the questioning in the investigation.


With this UC is intended that the students be able to: 1. Become familiar with the domains of research in media education; 2. Know and critically evaluate a variety of scientific methods used in the area of media education; 3. Identify concepts and trends that contribute to the evolution of research in the context of media education studies; 4. Understand and know different methodologies that can be applied in different contexts and using different tools; 5. Recognize all the aspects inherent to the elaboration of a research; 6. Understand the potentialities and limits of quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

Teaching methodologies and assessment

We will opt for the presentation of lectures, synthesis, debate and collaborative work in the research of topics defined in the program of the Curricular Unit. The methodologies adopted also imply the critical reading of essential texts, which: ¿ provide an understanding of the topics mentioned in the syllabus of the Curricular Unit, ¿ support the preparation of the evaluation work, and ¿ prove to be fundamental for the research project in which the students come to work. The evaluation method consists of continuous assessment which, in turn, consists of two types of evaluation: preparation of 1 assignment, to be defined in the first session, with a weighting of 60%, and participation in learner activities, include group work, with a weighting of 40%.


Bilandzic, H., Patriarche, G. & P. Traudt (Eds.) (2012). The Social Use of Media. Cultural and Social Scientific Perspectives on Audience Research. Bristol / Chicago: Intellect. Freire, P. (1967). A educação como prática da liberdade. Rio de Janeiro: Paz e Terra. Franklin, M. I. (2013) Understanding Research. New York: Routledge. Str.10-11; 29; 56-66. Jensen, K. B. (2002). A Handbook of Media and Communication Research. Qualitative and Quantitative Methodologies (pp. 254-272). London: Routledge. Yildiz, M. N. & Jared, K. (2016). Handbook of Research on Media Literacy in the Digital Age. IGI Global, 1-532. Web. 16 Jul. 2018. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-9667-9. Pinto da Costa, E. & Costa, A. (2017). O trabalho colaborativo apoiado pelas tecnologias: o exemplo da investigação qualitativa. Revista Educação a Distância e Práticas Educativas Comunicacionais e Interculturais (EDaPECI). São Cristóvão (SE). v.17. n. 2, p. 61-69. mai./ago. 2017.

Office Hours

Nome do docente  

Horário de atendimento


Elisabete Pinto da Costa

Terça feira, 17h00 às 18h00

Sala de professores

Ana Vale 

Terça feira, 17h00 às 18h00

Sala de professores