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The Humanities Conference 2003

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Redefining Adolescent Notions of Gender through Interactive Media and the Arts

Anne Bamford.

Children between the ages of 10 and 16 years were interviewed on their perceptions of images from the World Wide Web and their reactions to the arts. These children were also asked to produce manipulated images of themselves using graphic software. The results provided stark and graphic evidence of the impact of media on adolescent identity. This was particularly evident in their presentations of gender and ethnicity. The study has raised a number of issues in relation to critical literacies, cultural and social diversity, globalisation and cultural society.


Anne Bamford  (Australia)
Senior Lecturer, Director of Visual Arts
Centre for Research in Education and the Arts (CREA)
University of Technology, Sydney

Dr Anne Bamford has taught in education, interactive media and Visual Arts. She has been recognised internationally for her research in emerging literacies and visual communication. She has published books, journal articles and conference papers. She is involved in professional development and a national writer for the Curriculum Corporation. Anne is a recipient of the UTS Excellence award and a nominee for the Australian Award for University teaching. She has completed a project examining issues in assessment and online learning and completing research into adolescents' use of interactive imagery. She is undertaking a major project on the impact of creativity on 'at risk' learners.

  • Critical literacies
  • Globalisation
  • Constructions of Identity
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Creative Arts
  • Interactive Media

(30 min Conference Paper, English)