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Digital Literacy and Multimodal Practices of Young Children: Engaging with emergent research – 1st DigiLitEY Training School, 2016 – Call for participants –

6.6.2016 @ 08:00 - 8.6.2016 @ 17:00

The Cost Action Digital Literacy and Multimodal Practices of Young Children (DigiLitEY) announces its 1st Training School to be held at the Institute of Education, University of Minho (www.ie.uminho.pt) in Braga,

Portugal, from 6th – 8th June, 2016.

The technologies through which young children engage with all forms of knowledge are constantly changing and transforming the literacies needed to be competent actors in society. They also challenge the efforts of parents and teachers to support children’s learning and creativity as well as ensure their privacy and safety. The aim of the DigiLitEY is to examine how 0-8 year-old children’s literacy development is being shaped by changes brought about by the digitisation of communication.

Central to the activity of the DigiLitEY is the provision of training to PhD students and early career investigators (who have completed a doctorate within the last 8 years) as well as the strengthening of links between them and established experts in the field and the entire DigiLitEY network. The Training School is open to participants from (i) all Cost countries; (ii) approved Near Neighbour Countries (NNC); and (iii) approved European RTD Organisations. 25 trainees will be admitted to participate.

Themes, trainers and structure

The DigiLitEY 2016 Training School will focus on the following themes:

  • Young children’s digital literacy practices in homes, communities and informal learning spaces.
  • Young children’s digital literacy practices in early education settings.
  • Affordances of reading and writing on screen for young children, including those with needs such as

    visual and hearing impairments.

  • The relationship of online and offline digital literacy practices.

    These themes will be approached by researchers (trainers) the following keynotes:

  • A brief excursion into the contemporary landscape of meaning and meaning-making (Gunther Kress, Institute of Education, London, UK)
  • Young Children’s Digital Literacy Practices in Homes, Kindergarten and Primary Schools (Jackie Marsh, University of Sheffield, UK)
  • Videogames and the multimodal literacy (Nelson Zagalo, University of Minho, Portugal)
  • Transforming pedagogy for the early years in digital learning contexts (why we have to play with toy

    cars before we can get a driving license) (António Moreira, University of Aveiro, Portugal)

During the Training School, these and other experts will also participate in roundtable sessions. Besides engaging in the debates, participants will have the opportunity to share their own research in oral presentations (20 minutes), during which the senior researchers will offer them their feedback. Participants will be asked to bring a poster to be displayed throughout the Training School and presented in scheduled moments, offering them a chance to close networking with other researchers. Finally, visits to relevant sites, such as engageLab (http://www.engagelab.org/) and a kindergarden (http://historias2013.dge.mec.pt/2014/06/24/a-locomotiva/), will also be offered.

All abstracts and posters, altogether with the keynote and roundtable contributions, will be edited in an e-book

to be shared on the DigiLitEY website.

Participation Grant

The authors of accepted papers will be able to apply for a grant that is offered by Cost to contribute to the overall travel, accommodation and meal expenses in the Training School. There are two different bursaries, distributed as follows:

  •  Trainees outside of Portugal: 15 places, 750€ for each

Paper format

Abstracts must not exceed 1500 words in Word. Use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes. All proposals must be in English. Please respect the following information and in this order: (a) author(s), (b) affiliation, (c) email address, (d) apply for grant (Yes/No); (e) title of proposal, (f) up to 5 keywords, (g) introduction, theoretical framework, methodology, results and references. Applicants must attach their CV to their proposals.

  • Local (Portuguese) Trainees: 8 places, 400€ for each. Two self-funded places for trainees will also be available.

Proposals must be sent by email to Aisling Cooling (a.cooling@sheffield.ac.uk) with the title Training School. Proposal Submission. The reception of all submissions will be acknowledged. If you do not receive a reply within a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal.


Abstract submission deadline: 15th February 2016
Revision: Abstracts will be peer reviewed by the organising & scientific committee on the basis of relevance,

originality and clarity.
Results of abstract reviews returned to authors: 15th March 2016

Further information: www.digilitey.eu


6.6.2016 @ 08:00
8.6.2016 @ 17:00


Institute of Education, University of Minho
Braga, Portugal + Google Map