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Global Perspectives on Learning and Development with Digital Video-Editing Media: A Qualitative Inquiry in Everyday Lives of Marginalized Young People (DIGIT-M-ED)
Start date: Jun 26, 2012, End date: Jun 25, 2014 PROJECT  FINISHED 

"The exchange concerns the social, cultural, media-analytical and educational-psychological dimensions of digital media practices with a focus on the devices that are used for capturing, editing and circulating video data. DIGIT-M-ED applies inter-disciplinary perspectives and knowledge to analyse how the use of digital technologies is shaped by and shapes today’s global youth. Solid research synergies between German and Indian traditions of anthropological and sociological youth research, British scholarship in media analysis, Greek and Brazilian educational and youth research and Russian learning theories will be constructed more fully and creatively. Moreover, the methodological contribution of the project is very important. DIGIT-M-ED aims to develop an innovative methodology for the interdisciplinary and comparative/cross-cultural study of emerging digital media and technological practices and constellations with special attention to the voices and perspectives of the young people involved in the research. Existing theoretical and methodological tools from 1) post-Vygotskian psychology and learning theory 2) multimodal analysis and 3) anthropological theoretical and research traditions will be tested and further developed. A small-scale inquiry with young people in the age of 16-21 years who live in marginalized urban milieus in Athens, New Delhi and São Paulo is planed with the aim of designing large-scale research in the near future. Further activities such as workshops, collaborative teaching and joint publications and presentations will expand and intensify existing research partnerships. DIGIT-M-ED will thus facilitate the development of a productive and sustainable international research network that will investigate how digital media and technologies transform the everyday lives and affect the development of young people in North and South Europe, Brazil, Russia and India in the years to come."
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