Understanding new media literacy: The development of a measuring instrument

Ling Lee, Der Thanq Chen, Jen Yi Li, Tzu Bin Lin*

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The rapid development of mobile technology have proliferated new media to most aspects of our daily life. This new way of consuming and creating information is in particular attractive to youths as a platform and space for activities not passible in the face-to-face context. This highlights the importance for educators and policy makers to understand where our youths are in terms of their capabilities to participate in the new media ecology. This capability can be conceptualized as new media literacy (NML) that has been theorized into four quadrants with ten fine-tuned indicators. However, existing instruments have yet to explore the prosuming aspect of NML. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to develop an instrument to measure youth's NML. This paper reports the development and validation of this instrument. This instrument can be used for further studies, contributing to theory building of NML and assessing students' NML for informing practice in schools. Data were collected from 574 Singapore students range from grade 4 to grade 11 (age 10-17). Results suggest that the instrument is reliable and valid.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-93
Number of pages10
JournalComputers and Education
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jul


  • Computer-mediated communication
  • Media in education
  • Public spaces and computing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Education


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