Mediated discourse analysis

DigiLitEY Methods Corner

In this video, Karen Wohlwend (School of Education, Indiana University Bloomington) discusses the use of mediated discourse analysis in her research with elementary school children and their teachers.

In one of her articles (Wohlwend, 2014), Wohlwend defines mediated discourse analysis (MDA) as “an action-oriented approach to critical discourse analysis that takes sociocultural activity as its primary focus, looking closely at a physical action as the unit of analysis” and in the same article she states the purpose of the MDA as the following:

  1. to locate and make visible the nexus of practice—a mesh of commonplace practices and shared meanings that bind communities together but that can also produce exclusionary effects and reproduce inequitable power relations
  2. to show how such practices are made up of multiple mediated actions that appropriate available materials, identities, and discourses
  3. to reveal how changes in the smallest everyday actions can effect social change in…

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