Understanding digital health as public pedagogy : a critical framework

Rich, E and Miah, A ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0137-674X 2014, 'Understanding digital health as public pedagogy : a critical framework' , Societies, 4 (2) , pp. 296-315.

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This paper argues on behalf of a public pedagogy approach to developing a critical understanding of digital health technologies. It begins by appraising the hitherto polarised articulations of digital innovation as either techno-utopian or techno-dystopian, examining these expectations of technology and considering the tensions between them. It subsequently outlines how a public pedagogy approach can help mediate between these views, offering a more contextualised, socio-political perspective of mHealth. This approach teases out the nuances of digital health by engaging with the complexities of embodied learning. Furthermore, it urges caution against viewing these pedagogical forces as one of transference, or simple governance. To this end, we therefore contextualise our critique of digital health, within an attempt to reconstitute an understanding of public pedagogies of technology.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
Schools: Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Biomedical Research Centre
Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Societies
Publisher: MDPI
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 2075-4698
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Professor Andy Miah
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2015 13:22
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 19:00
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/33542

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