Understanding Digital Literacy Practices: What Can Be Learnt with Visual Methods?

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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 teacherresearchers
who wish to use visual methods to examine digital literacy
practices in different contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)413-425
JournalChanging English
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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