Beyond words: A review of research on adolescents and multimodal composition

Blaine Smith

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Abstract

This review synthesizes and critically interprets the empirical research on adolescents' multimodal composition practices across contexts. Along with presenting descriptive statistics characterizing the 76 studies reviewed (e.g., research designs, contexts, and types of multimodal products), qualitative coding revealed six main themes in research focusing on adolescents and multimodal composition. Sequenced according to prevalence, research has found that multimodal composition is: 1) engaging for adolescents, 2) a collaborative, social process, 3) particularly beneficial to "marginalized" adolescents, 4) involves overt instruction, 5) is scaffolded in a variety of ways, and 6) is a complex, recursive process. At a time when notions of composition are expanding-educators are trying to catch up and researchers have just begun to understand and theorize multimodal composition-this review offers a comprehensive look at what has been learned thus far and suggests implications for research and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationExploring Multimodal Composition and Digital Writing
PublisherIGI Global
Pages4-22
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9781466643468, 1466643455, 9781466643451
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 31 2013
Externally publishedYes

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  • Social Sciences(all)

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Smith, B. (2013). Beyond words: A review of research on adolescents and multimodal composition. In Exploring Multimodal Composition and Digital Writing (pp. 4-22). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-4666-4345-1.ch001