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Journal of Language and Literacy Education, v11 n1 p1-12 Spr 2015

In this article, I explore laughter as a form of multimodal play in which adolescents' engage across contexts and in various configurations. With a few recent exceptions, a focus on unscripted play is largely missing from ongoing research and discussion about the education of adolescents. Whereas the space to play has been vitally important to the ways that young people communicate and build relationships in the different settings where I have conducted fieldwork, the play of adolescents is also frequently misinterpreted within school-based and community settings and often remediated or punished. Adolescents' practices of manipulation and experimentation with various media and technologies are the focus of two scenes I include of adolescents' playful engagements with video and their immediate contexts in which laughter serves as a medium of play. This article was written with educators and researchers of/with adolescents in mind, with the hope of encouraging greater reflection about how and what we notice about young people's play: there may be glimpses of being and becoming in the space of a giggle.

Descriptors: Humor, Adolescents, Play, Educational Technology, Video Technology, Psychological Patterns, Student Behavior, Teaching Methods, Ethnography, Interpersonal Communication, Learning Modalities, Personal Narratives, Youth Programs

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Autor: Vasudevan, Lalitha


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