The digital literacy and multimodal practices of young children (DigiLitEY)
The main objective is to create an interdisciplinary network that will advance understanding of young children ́s digital literacy and multimodal practices in the new media age and which will build a co-ordinated European agenda for future research in this area.
The project will develop Early Stage Researchers ́ (ESR) capacity for future work and will strengthen further the already leading position of Europe in this field. We will engage with policy makers in order to ensure impact on policy and practice with regard to parental support, early years ́ schooling and informal education in museums, libraries and community spaces. This will reflect a multifaceted approach to enhancing the digital literacy skills and future capacities of young children in Europe.
In sum, the project objectives are:
- To provide a means of drawing together current European interdisciplinary research on young children’s digital literacy and multimodal practices in homes, communities and early years settings. This will enable researchers across the COST countries collectively to identify gaps in knowledge, fostering co-ordinated and collaborative research.
- To identify emergent digital technologies and applications relevant to young children and appraise their strengths and weaknesses in use in order to inform future research, policy and practice.
- To identify best practice in digital and multimodal literacy learning and teaching in kindergartens and primary schools across Europe through a review of relevant research and consider the implications for policy and practice, in addition to identifying the practical and theoretical implications for teacher and early years’ practitioner training.
- To exchange knowledge on appropriate methodologies and ethical issues when researching young children’s digital literacy and multimodal practices and to foster innovation in this area.
- To provide training for Early Stage Researchers and strengthen links between them and established experts in the field.
- To engage actively with a range of stakeholders, including policymakers, early years practitioners, parent groups and the children’s media industry in order to explore the implications of research outcomes for policy, practice, curricula, pedagogy and community-based learning.
Professor Kristiina Kumpulainen co-chairs Work Package 1 of the project focusing on children’s digital literacy and multimodal practices in homes and communities.
Funder: COST – European Cooperation in Science and Technology