Exploring Visual Communication and Competencies Through Interaction with Images in Social Media

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Ståhl , M & Kaihovirta , H 2019 , ' Exploring Visual Communication and Competencies Through Interaction with Images in Social Media ' , Learning, Culture and Social Interaction , vol. 21 , pp. 250-266 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lcsi.2019.03.003

Title: Exploring Visual Communication and Competencies Through Interaction with Images in Social Media
Author: Ståhl, Matilda; Kaihovirta, Hannah
Contributor organization: Department of Education
Date: 2019-06
Language: eng
Number of pages: 17
Belongs to series: Learning, Culture and Social Interaction
ISSN: 2210-6561
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lcsi.2019.03.003
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/301585
Abstract: The students of today are surrounded by visual information, online as well as offline. This study examines visual communication and active competencies when interacting with longer-lasting images in social media. Focusing on one focus student in upper secondary school in Finland, the ethnographic data consist of 41 images that the focus student interacted with, by liking or sharing, on Tumblr and Instagram during school time. The data are collected during 3–5 consecutive days once a year during the focus students three years in upper secondary school. Three interviews function as secondary data. Drawing on visual ethnography and different levels of messages in visual material, the analysis shows that the focus student interacts with images in a way that communicates the kind of persona the focus student wishes to convey in social media. Thus, the findings indicate that four competencies are active while interacting with images in social media: visual competency; technical competency; knowledge of social norms; and knowledge of self. Therefore, we claim that there are active competencies when interacting with images on social media and that this should be considered in the educational discourse on youth as media users.
Subject: 6121 Languages
516 Educational sciences
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by_nc_nd
Usage restriction: openAccess
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