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Children & New Media: FMVEK/DSV fall 2011

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Children & New Media: FMVEK/DSV fall 2011

  1. 1. CHILDREN & NEW MEDIA introduction to research topics FMVEK fall 2011 patrik hernwall · hernwall@dsv.su.se
  2. 2. TWO RESEARCH PROJECTS• the.GTO.project Construction and normalisation of gender online among tweens in Estonia and Sweden http://mt.sh.se/gto• UNGMODs Multimodal figurations among young people – how digital media can be used for expression and reflection http://mt.sh.se/UNGMODs
  3. 3. the.GTO.project http://mt.sh.se/gtoThe aim the project is to study how gender is created, expressed andnormalized in online environments among young people/tweens (age 10 to 14years old) in Estonia and Sweden. Furthermore, what meaning this creation ofidentity has in their everyday life.Three themes are focused in the project: How gender is expressed and normalized in online environments? What meanings has the online construction of gender, for the young in their everyday life? How do young people use media technology tools to complement verbal and written expressions in the shaping of the personal self?
  4. 4. UNGMODs http://mt.sh.se/UNGMODsThe aim of the project is to study how young people (13 to 17 y.o.) useinformation and communication technologies (ICT) in formal and informaleveryday learning environments. Special attention on how the possibilities ofmultimodal figurations (”gestaltung”) supports the subjects’ critical reflectionson learning, knowledge building and identity development.In the project, three themes will be focused: How are digital media used in school? How are digital media used in leisure time? How can digital media be used in supporting other types of expressions than written text?
  5. 5. SOME REFLECTIONS• challenges when doing research on/with children - and benefits• digital media in the culture of young people• tweens ...
  6. 6. THEORIES• multimodality (semiotics); Kress 2009• socio-cultural theory on learning & development; Vygotskij 1978, Wertsch 1991, Säljö• gender theory/intersectionalist theory; Lykke 2010• relational identity; Hall 1996• sociology of childhood; Prout 2005• tweens;
  7. 7. METHODS• qualitative methods / hermeneutics• ethnography• interviews• observations• text-analysis (images, digital figurations, etc.)
  8. 8. POTENTIAL RESEARCH TOPICS examples/suggestionsthe.GTO.project Interviews with tweens (app. 10 to 14 y.o.) on the meaning of SNS (social networking services) in their life, with special attention to identity construction. Semiotic analysis of images/user presentation, as presented on social networking services (SNS).UNGMODs Interviews with app. 15-17 y.o. youngsters on their leisure time use of digital media, paying special attention to multimodal figurations (”gestaltung”). Observations on how app. 15-17 y.o. youngsters use digital media in a specific context leisure time/out of school (i.e. public transportation; when doing homework; party; café, etc.)
  9. 9. WELCOME!patrik hernwall· hernwall@dsv.su.se

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