Creative bytes: Literacy and learning in the media arts practices of urban youth
Kylie Aine Peppler, University of California, Los Angeles, United States
University of California, Los Angeles . Awarded
Educators and researchers in the field of media literacy are expanding on traditional notions of literacy to include decoding, evaluating, and producing electronic media. While many media literacy theorists have acknowledged the role of creating media texts—called "Media Art" here—in media literacy, very few within the field have empirically examined this topic, particularly exploring the ways in which youths' media culture and practices can be used to support an expanded view of literacy, learning and expression. The need for this type of work also overlaps with the emergent efforts of arts educators and researchers to examine the impact of new technologies on the arts and arts learning. The focus of my study is to document, describe, and analyze urban youths' Media Arts Practices within the context of a design studio in a Computer Clubhouse from three discipline-specific perspectives: the Learning Sciences, arts education, and media education. To address these perspectives, I utilized a mixed-methods design that drew upon three approaches: (1) participant observations; (2) Media Arts object analyses; and (3) longitudinal case studies. Aspects of new literacy studies, social theories of literacy, and situated teaming guide the methodology and interpretation in this study. Media Arts Practices are not well understood in the research literature but have the potential to teach us about learning and literacy in the age of multimedia.
Peppler, K.A. Creative bytes: Literacy and learning in the media arts practices of urban youth. Ph.D. thesis, University of California, Los Angeles.
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