The informal learning of young people in an after school media club

Year: 2012

Author: Levido, Amanda

Type of paper: Abstract refereed


An increasing focus of research and practice has been outside of school contexts often set up to ameliorate the effects of poverty and disadvantage. In this paper I investigate the spaces open for learning within an afterschool media club context where children attend to engage with media arts and information technology. The media club is run by facilitators and researchers as a way to provide students from a school in a low SES, culturally diverse community, access to new technologies and digital texts and resources. I call on Bourdieu's notions of capital (1986/1997) to help explain how three young people utilize the available resources in the media club context to learn and play with new texts and technologies.