chapter  18
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Children and convergence culture: new perspectives on youth participation with media

ByMeryl Alper

The first half of this chapter outlines the leading theoretical, interdisciplinary, and methodological frameworks for researching young people’s engagement with participatory culture, as well as the major accumulated knowledge to date in this burgeoning area. The remainder of this chapter focuses on two significant omissions within these discourses regarding the obstacles to and the opportunities for access and participation for various populations of children. I argue specifically for greater inclusion of young children and children with disabilities in the digital media and learning research agenda. Their inclusion productively complicates existing research in the DML field and broadens the potential to re-imagine children’s learning with old and new media in a convergence culture.