Pedagogy of Difference 2.0: Interactive documentary practices and participatory research with young people

Danai Mikelli

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The Glowing Divide (2015) is an interactive documentary exploring the topic of social isolation in young people. Created by a group of young adults at Knowle West Media Centre in Bristol, the project follows three teenagers with the aim to change perceptions of social isolation. This interactive documentary was used as a resource in a Critical Media Literacy intervention which deployed the methodology of Participatory Action Research and took place in Coventry in partnership with the creative production company Imagineer. Based on the outcomes of this research, I argue towards a Pedagogy of Difference 2.0, which is a new and more nuanced approach to teaching and learning with interactive media in complex environments. This innovative pedagogy embraces the limitations of interactivity on young people’s media production and does not take young people’s familiarity with technology for granted. In this regard, Pedagogy of Difference 2.0 acknowledges the contextual nature of teaching and learning, moving beyond the often abstract discourse of Critical Pedagogy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)438-457
Number of pages20
Issue number2
Early online date1 Jul 2020
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

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  • Critical pedagogy
  • interactive documentary
  • media literacy
  • participatory action research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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