I am contributing to the MakEY research blog. My latest post shares my reflections from my first secondment with Fab Lab, Berlin.
I’m excited to be guest editing a new themed issue of the Media Education Research Journal (MERJ), alongside Becky Parry, Cary Bazalgette, Ashley Woodfall and Michelle Cannon.
In both dominant research paradigms and public discourse young children’s engagements with media continue to be seen narrowly in terms of the risks or benefits that may be involved. Meanwhile very young children are increasingly engaging with media at home in ways that influence their talk, their play, their developing identities and indeed their orientation to literacy. A growing new body of research also suggests that digital meaning making offers very young children distinct opportunities to explore, experiment and negotiate with assets and resources in an enticingly liminal space. In this ‘elastic’ space, children feel empowered by the extent of their control and are not limited or obstructed by the written form (Potter, 2012; Cannon, 2016). Continue reading “Themed issue of MERJ: Media Learning & Engagement in Early Childhood”
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.
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’).