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Critique and the video production classroom: providing students the skills to navigate new media literacies

Jessie Nixon (Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison , Madison, Wisconsin, USA)

English Teaching: Practice & Critique

ISSN: 1175-8708

Article publication date: 8 February 2021

Issue publication date: 20 July 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to demonstrate how teaching the discourse of critique, an integral part of the video production process, can be used to eliminate barriers for young people in gaining new media literacy skills helping more young people become producers rather than consumers of digital media.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper describes an instrumental qualitative case study (Stake, 2000) in two elective high school video production classrooms in the Midwestern region of the USA. The author conducted observations, video and audio recorded critique sessions, conducted semi-structured interviews and collected artifacts throughout production including storyboards, brainstorms and rough and final cuts of videos.

Findings

Throughout critique, young video producers used argumentation strategies to cocreate meaning, multiple methods of inquiry and questioning, critically evaluated feedback and synthesized their ideas and those of their peers to achieve their intended artistic vision. Young video producers used feedback in the following ways: incorporated feedback directly into their work, rejected and ignored feedback, or incorporated some element of the feedback in a way not originally intended.

Originality/value

This paper demonstrates how teaching the discourse of critique can be used to eliminate barriers for young people in gaining new media literacy skills. Educators can teach argumentation and inquiry strategies through using thinking guides that encourage active processing and through engaging near peer mentors. Classroom educators can integrate the arts-based practice of the pitch critique session to maximize the impact of peer-to-peer learning.

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Citation

Nixon, J. (2021), "Critique and the video production classroom: providing students the skills to navigate new media literacies", English Teaching: Practice & Critique, Vol. 20 No. 2, pp. 163-179. https://doi.org/10.1108/ETPC-07-2020-0070

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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