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date: 10 July 2020

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The authors acknowledge the data-mining potential of Instagram as an enormous data stream for quantitative research studies, but in this chapter they describe how it can also serve as an inquiry space, or social studio, for data contributors. For example, Instagram is currently one of the most widely used social networking platforms in the world, but it has not been utilized as extensively as a data source by researchers in comparison to Facebook or Twitter, and there is little scholarship published on Instagram as a platform for creative and pedagogical inquiry. The authors of this chapter are art educators utilizing Instagram to further this particular inquiry possibility; that is, to investigate Instagram as a social practice, pedagogical platform, reconceptualized exhibition venue, and artistic mode.

Keywords: Instagram, qualitative research, digital media research, social network, social media, public scholarship, visual research, images

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