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Fiona Scott

Lecturer in Digital Literacies in The School of Education at The University of Sheffield. Co-Director of the Literacies Research Cluster. Early childhood. (Digital) literacies. Digital texts and devices. Adult mediation. Child and family practices. Social class. Play.

Reflections from a trip Down Under a.k.a. ‘A Suitcase Full o’Roos’

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My new Aussie penpal

Following a busy start to 2016, 2015 now seems like another lifetime. However, having been asked to write a reflection on my travels for my grant awarders at the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre has jogged a lot of happy memories of my time ‘Down Under’.

My trip to Australia came at exactly the right time in my PhD journey. I had been extremely busy with data collection and teaching. I actually spent the day before my flight with one of my wonderful research families, rather than packing my oversized suitcase (a constant companion on my trip and affectionately nicknamed ‘Big Yella’).

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Early Start Conference @ UoW

All this play is serious business
All this play is serious business…

I was delighted that my ESRC-funded trip to Oz afforded me the opportunity to attend the very first Early Start Conference at The University of Wollongong‘s new $44M Early Start research, teaching and community engagement facility. The conference’s friendly, mixed delegate population of academics, practitioners and students certainly seemd to reflect the centre’s aspiration to engage and influence at a broader level.

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Welcome to Australia!

Welcome to Ramsay Street!
The perfect blend

Twenty-four hours after leaving the UK, I finally arrived in sunny Melbourne on Sunday. I’m excited to be starting my ESRC-funded Overseas Institutional Visit as Visiting Scholar at ACU, Melbourne on Monday. My downtime has, however, afforded me the opportunity to indulge in one of my own very earliest TV passions, with a visit to the Neighbours Studio and the hallowed ground of Ramsay Street itself (or Pin Oak Court for those sticklers for the truth out there)!

Like me, Neighbours made its debut in 1985 and it has pretty much been present in my life ever since. Continue reading “Welcome to Australia!”

Young children’s engagement with television: asking better questions

I am a contributor to the Children’s Media Foundation research blog. My first post thinks about ‘asking better questions’.

19th European Conference on Literacy 2015

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Beautiful Lake Wörthersee

The biannual European Literacy Association Conference was held this year in picturesque Klagenfurt, Austria at the Alpen-Adria Universität. Formerly the European Conference on Reading, the conference’s new name and this year’s conference theme (“Literacy in the New Landscape of Communication: Research, Education and the Everyday”) reflect a commitment to embracing research reflecting a fuller range of traditional and ‘new’ literacies. Continue reading “19th European Conference on Literacy 2015”

Overseas Institutional Visit to Australia

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Furry future friend

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in the UK offers a fantastic opportunity to PhD students who receive funding from them. During the course of an their studies, students can apply for funding to go on an Overseas Institutional Visit (OIV) to another organisation – anywhere in the world – for up to three months.
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