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Unruly Data: Living with Research Questions
and Instruments

Presentation & Discussion

Please join us for this talk by Cynthia Lewis, Cassie Scharber, Anne Crampton, Fan Ouyang, Nick Ross, and Maggie Struck based on their current research project* that explores learning settings that position urban youth as knowledge producers and meaning-makers through the use of technologies. The focus of this presentation will be on dilemmas that arise when particular research instruments are in tension with the embodied experience of being with youth in spaces of learning. They will present vignettes from research in two sites and discuss what the dilemmas they are facing are helping them to understand about the unruliness of learning, engagement, and research.

This monthly series of research presentations seeks to illuminate current initiatives and projects being conducted by C&I faculty, staff, and graduate students. Join us for January's event to engage in discussion with these scholars about their work. Lunch will be provided!
Please join us for this talk by Cynthia Lewis, Cassie Scharber, Anne Crampton, Fan Ouyang, Nick Ross, and Maggie Struck based on their current research project* that explores learning settings that position urban youth as knowledge producers and meaning-makers through the use of technologies. The focus of this presentation will be on dilemmas that arise when particular research instruments are in tension with the embodied experience of being with youth in spaces of learning. They will present vignettes from research in two sites and discuss what the dilemmas they are facing are helping them to understand about the unruliness of learning, engagement, and research.

This monthly series of research presentations seeks to illuminate current initiatives and projects being conducted by C&I faculty, staff, and graduate students. Join us for January's event to engage in discussion with these scholars about their work. Lunch will be provided!
DATE: Thursday, January 21, 2016


TIME: 12:00 - 1:00PM


LUNCH PROVIDED


LOCATION: Room 355 Peik Hall


ADDRESS: 159 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis


FOR MORE INFO: Contact Angel Pazurek at apazurek@umn.edu
*Bright Stars: Technology-Mediated Settings for Urban Youth as Pathways for Engaged Learning. This two-year project, funded by the William T. Grant Foundation, employs a mixed-methods embedded multi-case study design that includes activity systems analysis theory as its primary qualitative measure, as well as several quantitative measures of youth engagement in learning. The study looks at nine formal and non-formal learning settings where youth have access to, use, and create with digital media. Specifically, the sites meet Jenkins et al.’s (2009) criteria for encouraging “participatory culture,” with low barriers to artistic expression and civic engagement, strong support for sharing one’s creations, informal mentorship, and social connection. The following questions guide the study: (a) how is engagement demonstrated in each setting? (b) how do particular activities, digital technologies, and social relationships in each setting influence youth engagement in learning? (c) what do youth learn in each setting as they engage in these activities, digital technologies, and social relationships?
 
Photo of Cynthia LewisPRESENTERS:

Dr. Cynthia Lewis is Emma M. Birkmaier Professor of Educational Leadership and Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Her current research examines the role of emotion in urban classrooms focused on critical media analysis and production. She has published widely on the intersection of social identities and literacy practices in and out of school and is Co-Editor of the book series, Expanding Literacies in Education (Routledge).
Photo of Cassie ScharberDr. Cassandra Scharber is an Associate Professor of Learning Technologies and Co-Founder of the LT Media Lab. Her research explores literacy within educational contexts and the opportunities technology offers in aiding the transformation of teaching and learning.
Photo of Anne CramptonAnne Crampton is a doctoral candidate in Literacy Education and a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Her research interests include critical literacy, emotion and aesthetics in literacy education, multimodal literacies, discourse analysis, and teacher education.
Photo of Fan OuyangFan Ouyang is a doctoral student in Learning Technologies and a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Her research centers on students’ online network analysis and instructors’ online pedagogy development.
Photo of Nick RossNick Ross is a doctoral student in Learning Technologies and a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.  His current research focuses on reading and writing in the 21st century using new media texts in middle and high school Language Arts classes.
Photo of Maggie StruckMaggie Struck is a doctoral candidate in Literacy Education and a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Her research interests include critical literacy, multimodal literacies, youth participatory action research, and youth civic engagement.



NOTE: Bright Stars research team members also include Dr. Debra Ingram and Dr. Yolanda Majors, who will not be presenting.

Organized & hosted by the Department of Curriculum & Instruction Research Committee

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SAVE THE DATE FOR NEXT MONTH'S PRESENTATION: Tim Lensmire, Angela Coffee, Erin Stutelberg, and Colleen Clements will be discussing their work grounded in critical understandings of race and racial identities on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2016 FROM 12:00 - 1:00PM. More details coming soon!