Girls challenging patriarchy through multimodal design and participation in online communities of practice.

Walsh, Christopher 2008, Girls challenging patriarchy through multimodal design and participation in online communities of practice., Literacy learning : the middle years, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 16-22.

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Title Girls challenging patriarchy through multimodal design and participation in online communities of practice.
Author(s) Walsh, Christopher
Journal name Literacy learning : the middle years
Volume number 16
Issue number 2
Start page 16
End page 22
Publisher Australian Literacy Educators' Association Ltd
Place of publication Norwood, S. Aust.
Publication date 2008-06
ISSN 1320-5692
Keyword(s) advertising
digital literacy
females
ICT in education
literacy education
masculinity
online learning
portfolios (background materials)
womens education
adolescents
middle years
multimodal design
patriarchy
Summary This paper examines adolescent girls' multimodal design that challenges/resists patriarchy. Acts of uploading and multimodal design are discussed in terms of Bulter's theorisation of discursive performativity. The author suggests the girls employ a form of 'linguistic agency' or 'discursive agency' that allows them to make use of a wide range of multimodal design practices often unavailable in print dominated middle years classrooms. The girls in the study were involved in a set of relationships over time, both inside and outside of school in virtual and real time communities of practice. As a result, they engaged with particular areas of curricular knowledge differently than boys. The findings suggest that within online communities of practice, new contexts emerge where adolescent girls can contest the discourses of patriarchal power.
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017179

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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