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Parents@TUOS coffee morning

 

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Talking to parents at the Parents@TUOS coffee morning

The Parents@TUOS network exists to support people at The University of Sheffield (TUOS) who have families, are about to start a family, or are thinking about having children in the future. Amongst other activities, the network hosts quarterly coffee mornings for parents interested in hearing more about topics currently being researched at TUOS that might be of interest to them.

At the end of last month, I was invited to talk about my research as part of this series. The network asked Dr. Sabine Little and myself to present on the theme: “Making Technology Work for My Family”.

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GTA, FHEA? Becoming a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy as a casual worker

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One for the certificate binder…

At the end of last month, I was delighted to hear that my application to become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) had been approved. The HEA awards fellowships to individuals with a proven, sustained track record in HE teaching. Increasingly, employers across the education sector are looking for HEA accreditation as a measure of teaching development and success. Continue reading “GTA, FHEA? Becoming a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy as a casual worker”

The C Word – children, TV and social class

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Slides + audio from CMC 2016

The sociologist, Ulrich Beck, famously described social class as a ‘zombie category’, suggesting that thinking in terms of social class was blinding academic researchers to the real experiences and ambiguities of modern life. And yet, inequalities in the UK not only persist, but are in fact growing. The UK ‘suffers from high levels of relative poverty and the poor in Britain are substantially poorer than the worst off in more equal industrialised societies’ (Diamond & Giddens, 2005, p. 102). Continue reading “The C Word – children, TV and social class”

CMC / CSCY 2016: A Tale of Two Conferences

 

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The ‘Challenge Anneka’ approach to conferencing

For an early childhood and television researcher based in Sheffield, July brings with it the promise of two very different (but equally enticing) children’s conferences.

The Children’s Media Conference (CMC) is a national conference for the children’s media industry, taking place every year in Sheffield. Meanwhile, the University of Sheffield’s Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth (CSCY), hosts a biennial academic conference in July, also in Sheffield. This year, for the first time, the two were scheduled slap-bang, one on top of the other.

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Preschool child development and TV: revisiting CMC 2015

I am a contributor to the Children’s Media Foundation research blog. My latest post thinks about traditional approaches to child development in the context of research about TV.

Revisiting The Children’s Media Conference 2015

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Slides + audio from CMC 2015

As a postgraduate student living and working in Sheffield, I’m incredibly lucky that the industry-led Children’s Media Conference takes place every year right here in my home city.

Last year, I was invited to present my research on the transitionary preschool audience alongside presentations from Ofcom and The Pineapple Lounge. I used my session, ‘Sm(all) Change’ to bust three big myths about very young children watching television: that their engagement with TV is sedentary; that their engagement is solitary; and that they can’t make reality judgements about TV and advertising. You can watch my full presentation, alongside others, on the CMC website or Vimeo or read more about it in the CMC blog. Continue reading “Revisiting The Children’s Media Conference 2015”

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Screen Shot 2016-04-12 at 8.57.07 pmOn 4th July, 2016, I’ll be presenting as part of a masterclass on innovative visual methods for including children & young people in research. Click above for more information or contact Dawn Lessels to book (d.j.lessels@sheffield.ac.uk)

Using Sound to Spark Children’s Creativity

I have recently been working as a Research Associate on a project called ‘Storying Doncaster Sounds’. This research has some interesting interim findings about the potential of sound as a resource to support children’s literacy practices.

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