UV9401 Methodologies of studying transforming literacies

Organising units: NATED track 2 on colaboration with CHANGE research group and TransAction research group.

Organisers: Professor Ola Erstad, Dr. Øystein Gilje and professor Sten Ludvigsen.

Lecturers:, Professor Carey Jewitt MODE, IoE, University of London , Professor Roger Säljö, LinCs, University of Gothenburg,  Prof. Ola Erstad, , Dr. Øystein Gilje (PFI, UiO).

Dates and hours
1) 18 March 2013 (full day: 9:15 - 16). Room 231
2) 19 March 2013 (full day: 9:15 - 16). Room U36.

Place: Helga Engs hus, Campus, Oslo University.


  • The course is aimed at PhD students who, in their research, are working with questions about learning and communication and who rely on the use of interaction data (such as video- and/or voice-recordings and interviews).
  • The course is oriented towards learning how to analyze literacy practices across a wide range of contexts.
  • A variety of different approaches are addressed, including sociocultural perspectives, ethnography and multimodal theory (social semiotics). These provide the theoretical foundations for the course.

Target group: PhD students in the educational sciences, writing studies, studies of visual communication and educational ethnography.
Work format: The course will include two - three key note lectures and hands-on training with empirical data. Based on the number and types of contributions we receive, the course will be organized with three or four sessions with papers.
Extent: A course diploma will not be issued if the student attends to less than 80% of the course hours.

Conditions for participation

Participants should present a paper, although this is not compulsory. You may choose one of the two following types of texts to prepare:

  1. An article that is almost finished. We will read the article, focusing on methodology, data selection, and the analysis of the data.
  2. Paper in progress. These papers should present substantial pieces of data so that one of the invited, external readers can derive ‘meaning’ from the data. When reading the papers, we will focus on methodology, data presentation, data analysis, and the discussion.

Credit points: 3 points (credit points equivalent to ECTS) with paper, 1 point without
Language: English
Cost: Free
Number of participants: maximum 20
Registration: Within 15.February. Please register at the course online registration form

Course literature:

Ito, M. (2009). Hanging out, messing around, and geeking out: kids living and learning with new media: The MIT Press. Introduction and chapter 1, 1-78

Ivarsson, J., Linderoth, J. & Säljö, R. (2009) Representations in practices: a socio-cultural approach to multimodality in reasoning. In Jewitt, C. (Eds). The Routledge handbook of multimodal analysis. Chapter 14, 201-211

Jewitt, C. (2013) Multimodal methods for researching digital technologies,
in Price. S., Jewitt, C and Brown, B, (Eds.) Sage Handbook of researching digital  technologies, Chapter 17, Sage:London

Jewitt, C., Bezemer, J., Jones, K. and Kress, G. (2009)Changing English?
The impact of technology and policy on a school subject in the 21st century.
English Teaching: Practice and critique 8(3): 21-40.

Jewitt,C. (2005) Multimodal “reading” and “writing” in the 21th century,
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education (special
Edition: Digital childhood and youth: new texts, new literacies)
  26 (3):315-332.

Säljö, R. (2010). Digital tools and challenges to institutional traditions of
learning: technologies, social memory and the performative nature of
learning. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 26(2), 43-64.

Säljö, R. (2012). Literacy, digital literacy and epistemic practices: The co-
evolution of hybrid minds and external memory systems. Nordic Journal
of Digital Literacy
, 12(1), 5-20.

Street, B, Pahl, K & Rowsell, J. (2009) Multimodality and New Literacy studies. 
In Jewitt, C. (Eds). The Routledge handbook of multimodal analysis. Chapter 14, 191-200

Street, B. (2012). New literacy studies. In Grenfell, M (Ed.) Language, ethnography and education. London: Routledge, 27-49.

An elaborated list on literature will be published online in mid January .

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