Understanding the nature and value of play through the course of our lives, across cultures and communities.
Jackie is interested in the relationship between childhood cultures, play and literacy in the digital age. She has conducted research projects that have explored children´s access to new technologies and their emergent digital literacy skills, knowledge and understanding. She has also examined the way in which parents/carers and other family members support this engagement with media and technologies. Jackie also has conducted a number of research projects that have explored how creative and innovative teachers have responded to the challenges of the new media age. She has evaluated a number of national projects that have aimed to develop teachers' expertise in the teaching and learning of digital and media literacy. In her more recent research, Jackie has explored changes in children’s play due to developments in media, technology and commercial cultures.
Jackie enjoys teaching contexts in which students have opportunities to reflect on educational theory, policy and practice in ways which enable them to draw on their own experiences, informed by high-quality research. She draws on her own research in teaching sessions, enabling students to reflect on ‘real-world’ examples, which generally reflect the complexity and richness of contemporary childhoods.
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