Young People’s Understandings of Everyday Health Information
Three interlined talks, presenting research from the University of Oulu, Sweden
1. Maija-Leena Huotari: Cognitive Authorities in Everyday Health Information Environments of Young People
Who or what do young people believe in, trust and consider as cognitive authorities in modern, multimodal health communication? Based on a socio-cultural viewpoint, the study combines the perspectives of information studies and educational sciences on transforming literacies in everyday life environments, web-based included. This talk will present four interlinked case studies (two of which described below) consisting of video and text material produced by young people, to understand the construction of authority in schools, leisure and hobbies. This enabled deep understanding of authorities of health in everyday life of young people.
2. Laura Palmgren-Neuvonen: Adolescents constructing cognitive authorities in health information in the context of learner-generated video production
This talk will explore learner-generated digital video (DV) production not only as a learning environment but also as an environment to collaboratively construct cognitive authorities related to health information. Laura conducted the research on the pedagogical potentials of DV production where the process offered an alternative to traditional instruction as well as opportunities for multilevel social interaction: between teacher and learners, and in peer groups. This process enabled interaction between school and society. The talk will present three case studies that show what kinds of social interaction emerge at each level in this context. This research showed the potentials of DV production to empower and encourage the participants to discuss and represent many kinds of topics and themes from their everyday life, e.g. developing their identities, and thinking and believes of the information related to health and well-being.
3. Sari Räisänen: Dealing with health information literacies: Teachers as trustees
This presentation will explore two questions: a) What kinds of critical thinking processes do teachers engage in when dealing with the health information literacies, and b) how do teachers’ meaning making create material experiences?
Health information is difficult to evaluate and cognitive authorities related to health information are situational, contextual and constructed. Thus, navigating in such a complex information environment is complex. Teachers also have the potentiality for becoming ‘trustees’ to young people, influencing their students’ meaning making processes. The talk will engage in how material dimension of literacy – texts, screens, embodiment – intertwines with the immaterial, that is, how the teachers make meanings of health authorities for themselves as being and becoming trustees for their students. The talk will pay attention to how the teacher’s meaning making creates material experiences in the classroom community
Part of the Literacies@Sheffield Seminar Series