Introducing offlineness: theorizing (digital) literacy engagements

Nelson, E. L. , Perry, M. and Rogers, T. (2020) Introducing offlineness: theorizing (digital) literacy engagements. Journal of Literacy Research, 52(1), pp. 101-107. (doi: 10.1177/1086296X19898003)

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In this Insights essay, we propose a new concept of offlineness that builds on current language around digital practices, yet addresses an element of young people’s experience that is not adequately represented in current research or educational discourse. This work is informed by a recent cross-national arts-based research project that highlighted the limitations of the discourse ascribed to the nature of young people’s engagement with digital literacies. We propose a (re)theorization, which builds on a critical review of current conceptual research and digital commentaries. Theorizing offlineness as a continuum between online and offline practices is tantamount to a paradigm shift toward more nuanced understandings of young people’s digital practices. It offers researchers and educators a more precise way to speak to young people’s digital experiences, providing a productive tool to (re)construct learning and inquiry spaces in literacy research and education.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The research project was supported by a SSHRC grant: SSHRC ID 430-2016-01166.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Perry, Professor Mia and Nelson, Dr Elizabeth
Authors: Nelson, E. L., Perry, M., and Rogers, T.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Social Justice Place and Lifelong Education
Journal Name:Journal of Literacy Research
ISSN (Online):1554-8430
Published Online:25 January 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Literacy Research 52(1):101-107
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
173913CSPE: The implementation gap in environmental initiatives through community engagement and public pedagogiesMia PerryEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/P006701/1ED - Education