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Collaborative comic as Boundary Object: the creation, reading, and uses of Freedom City Comics Cómic colaborativo como Objeto de Frontera: la creación, lectura y usos de Freedom City Comics

Lookup NU author(s): Lydia Wysocki, Professor David Leat



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Tebeosfera, 2019.

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We outline the Freedom City Comics project and identify three instances of this comic’s role as a boundary object. First, the creation of the comic as a collaboration between 16 academic researchers and comics creators. Second, the evaluation of the comic through empirical research with a sample of readers. Third, the development of a learning framework in partnership with two teachers. Conceptualising a collaboratively-created comic as a boundary object (Akkerman and Bakker: 2011) helps identify its plural and evolving roles and advance earlier work on collaboration across boundaries. Describimos el proyecto de Freedom City Comics e identificamos tres etapas que se desarrollan en el transcurso de este cómic. Primero, la creación del cómic en colaboración con 16 investigadores y creadores de cómics. En segundo lugar, la evaluación del cómic a través de la investigación empírica con una muestra de los lectores. En tercer lugar, el desarrollo de un marco de aprendizaje en contacto con dos maestros de escuela. Conceptualizar el cómic creado en colaboración como objeto de frontera / boundary object (Akkerman y Bakker: 2011) ayuda a identificar sus roles plurales y evolutivos y a avanzar en el trabajo sobre colaboración a través de las fronteras.

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Author(s): Wysocki L, Leat D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Tebeosfera

Year: 2019

Volume: 3

Issue: 10

Online publication date: 27/03/2019

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

ISSN (electronic): 1579-2811

Publisher: Tebeosfera


Notes: Special issue on didactics


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