Investigating university students’ digital citizenship development through the lens of digital literacy practice: A Translingual and transemiotizing perspective

Mingyue Michelle GU*, Corey Fanglei HUANG, Chi-Kin John LEE

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Abstract

This qualitative study has investigated how a group of bilingual university students in Hong Kong understand digital citizenship and construct it through digital literacy practices in social media. Drawing on interview data and examples of digital activity shared by the students, we adopt the theories of digital literacies and translanguaging and transsemiotizing to reveal how they construct digital citizenship through an complex interplay between several factors, most prominently (1) a variety of digitally mediated social, cultural and educational practices the students engage in, (2) their agency of deploying diverse linguistic and semiotic recourses to achieve varied communicative effects in different settings and (3) their personal pursuits of intellectual and professional development and social engagement in a digitalized and globalized society. We then discuss how the findings can enrich our understanding of digital citizenship and its relationship with digital literacies in a multilingual and multicultural context such as Hong Kong. The implications for digital citizenship education are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101226
Pages (from-to)101226
JournalLinguistics and Education
Volume77
Early online date29 Aug 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2023
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Digital citizenship
  • Digital literacy practices
  • Social media
  • Translanguaging
  • Spatial repertoire

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