Research & Pedagogy

MASClab supports research and scholarship that investigates the relationship between media and social change. We build connections and create opportunities for practitioners, researchers, and community members to engage with and create media that aims for social change. These offerings include workshops and resources for educators and community members.


Media Engagement and Adolescents’ Educational Wellbeing in Out-of-school
(funded by the Robert Bowne Foundation, Edmund A. Stanley, Jr. Research Grant, 2014)
PI: Lalitha Vasudevan; RA: Joe Riina-Ferrie

In this study, we are engaged in building a theory of educational wellbeing through a close examination of adolescents’ media production experiences within an afterschool youth media program. We want to better understand how adolescents’ educational wellbeing—that is, youths’ sense of comfort and connection to a broad conception of education—is nurtured when they are engaged in collaborative media production during out of school time. In particular, we are focused on those adolescents who are also somehow involved with the criminal or juvenile justice system (herein, “court-involved youth”).

The Role of Participatory and Social Media in the Educational Wellbeing of Court-involved Youth
(funded by a Teachers College Dean’s Grant, 2014-2015)
PI: Lalitha Vasudevan

This autumn (2014) we are piloting a longitudinal study of how court-involved youth in New York City access institutional, material, digital, and human resources in pursuit of their educational trajectories. We are especially interested in how these young people’s participatory and social media practices inform their educational wellbeing. The overall project to which this proposed study is connected focuses on educational wellbeing precisely because of its largely indefinable and elusive, yet significant, role in the educational trajectories of young people.


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