This qualitative study explored diverse college students’ perspectives on the portrayal of college life in recent popular films. Results from this study suggest that White college students dismiss stereotypes as comedic satire whereas their non-White peers readily identify the influence of negative media representations upon their academic and ethnic identities. These findings exemplify the need to promote positive representations of college students from racially and culturally diverse backgrounds. Findings suggest the need for Critical Media Literacy education to help young adults dismantle stereotypes in mainstream society while developing cultural competence.
Venegas, E. M., Scott, L. M., LeCompte, K. N., Zhu, T., & Moody-Ramirez, M. (2017, April 29). Critical Mirrors: Diverse College Students’ Perspectives on Stereotypes Depicted in Popular Films About College Life. Annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX. https://doi.org/10.3102/1176309
Perspectives on Identity and Equity With Digital Media