Natalia Smirnov

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I am a Learning Sciences Ph.D. student at Northwestern University, interested in collaborative media production, youth representation, participatory curriculum development and civic identity.

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My current research focuses on learning through collaborative media production, especially as it relates to development of civic identity. I am studying this relationship through a variety of dimensions:

- analyzing the epistemic cultures of expert journalists and other media makers
- observing and theorizing social and political dimensions of participation that facilitate learner agency, such as joint framing and collaborative critique
- using multi-modal analysis to trace how youth journalists deploy different semiotic resources to construct hybrid genres of creative expression and position themselves as legitimate participants in the public sphere
- designing tools to support collaborative media production and literacy in online learning environments

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