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ERIC Number: EJ1164559
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1358-684X
Understanding Digital Literacy Practices: What Can Be Learnt with Visual Methods?
Tour, Ekaterina
Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, v24 n4 p413-425 2017
Digital technologies are increasingly used by children and adults in their everyday lives and these practices have attracted researchers' and practitioners' attention. However, everyday digital literacy practices are difficult to examine. They require appropriate research methods and visual methods have potential here. Although some visual methods are actively used in the field of Literacy Studies, participant-generated digital photography and photo-elicitation remain under-employed in the research of digital literacy practices. Drawing on a qualitative study, this article argues that these methods allow in-depth insights into digital literacy practices to be gained. They offer comprehensive understanding of practices by illuminating what is involved in practices, how practices happen and why people engage in them in particular ways. However, the use of these methods is also associated with a number of challenges. The article concludes with the discussion of the implications for researchers and teacher-researchers who wish to use visual methods to examine digital literacy practices in different contexts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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