Research Overview

The Digital Youth Network at the core is a design research project targeted with creating a model program for developing the new media literacies of youth while understanding the impact of their attainment of these literacies on their traditional academic performance. In order to accomplish these goals a strong research collaboration lead by Brigid Barron (Stanford University), Kimberly Gomez (University of Chicago at Illinois) was needed to support rapid redesign of the DYN programming and to create a longitudinal account of a subset of youth's participation in the program.

Drs. Brigid Barron, Associate Professor of Education at Stanford University, and Kimberley Gomez, Associate Professor of Education at the University of Pittsburgh lead the research effort with support from the Urban Education Institute located at the University of Chicago. The knowledge and methodological background of Drs Barron and Gomez complement each other for examining individual student learning and the organizational context within which this occurs. A team of researchers works under the guidance of Drs. Barron and Gomez to collect and analysis data. For more information on these researchers visit the Team page.

This research is generously supported by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsoring agencies.