SSHRC Project:  Students, Poetry and New Media

The objective of the research is to develop a conceptualization of the relationship between new media and adolescents’ writing of poetry while immersed in using new media.  More specifically, the research focuses on the following questions. 

  • In what ways do new media tools and student poetic thinking interact in what Levy (1997) refers to as a “cognitive ecology” of humans and media? 
  • How do the performative affordances of new media interact with the students’ creative processes? 
  • How do students use and possibly re-purpose the digital tools at their disposal? 
  • In what ways does student poetic thinking get restructured and reorganized as they use new media? 
  • How are students’ views of poetry reshaped in the process of writing poetry in a media-rich environment?