Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Name Huotari, Maija-Leena
Organisation OY
Project title Cognitive Authorities in Everyday Health Information Environments of Young People (CogAHealth)
Decision No. 299112
Decision date 03.06.2016
Funding period 01.09.2016 - 31.08.2020
Funding 480 000
WebFOCUS Report
Project description
CogAHealth investigates who or what young people believe in, trust and consider as cognitive authorities in modern, multimodal health communication. Based on a socio-cultural viewpoint, the study combines the perspectives of information studies and educational sciences on transforming literacies in everyday life environments, also web-based. In four interlinked case studies the data, consisting of video and text material produced by young people, and interviews and observations, are qualitatively analysed to understand the construction of authority in schools, leisure and hobbies. A systematic literature review of previous research along with the findings of the case studies allows deep understanding of authorities of health in everyday life of young people. The findings regenerate science, support developing school practices, and are widely applicable in health promotion among young people. CogAHealth is conducted at the University of Oulu, Finland, from the year 2016 until 2019.