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Dyslexia in SNS: an Exploratory Study to Investigate Expressions of Identity and Multimodal Literacies

Vezzoli, Y; Vasalou, A; Porayska-Pomsta, K; (2017) Dyslexia in SNS: an Exploratory Study to Investigate Expressions of Identity and Multimodal Literacies. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction , 1 (CSCW) , Article 103. 10.1145/3134738. Green open access

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Abstract

The paradigm of neurodiversity provides a theoretical scaffold to challenge the idea of dyslexia as a deficit, by considering how difficulties related to literacy may reflect possible cognitive strengths and opportunities for learning. In this paper we adopt this perspective which associates dyslexia with strengths in visual, oral and three-dimensional thinking. Our goal is to understand if and how the multimodal affordances of SNS mediate participation and new literacies for dyslexic youth, and how these affordances interact with identity work. Seven young people struggling with literacy were interviewed about their use of SNS. Our results show that the visual affordances of SNS enable new forms of participation and expression, furthering our understanding of visual literacies. Nonetheless, despite the pervasive use of visual affordances to perform identity work, we also find that young people's learning differences are not always obviated but re-constructed, or even confronted in SNS.

Type: Article
Title: Dyslexia in SNS: an Exploratory Study to Investigate Expressions of Identity and Multimodal Literacies
Event: Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW)
Location: New York
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/3134738
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1145/3134738
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Dyslexia; Learning Difficulties; Neurodiversity; Social Model of Disability; Social Network Sites; Visual Literacies; Inclusive Design
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1572479
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