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Becky Parry is shortlisted for UKLA award

12 March 2013 |

Becky Parry book cover

Dr Becky Parry is pleased to be nominated and short-listed for the UKLA student research award as she believes this reflects increasing recognition that literacy teaching is only empowering if it connects with children's lived experiences of their own culture. The research will form the basis of a forthcoming book called 'Children, Film and Literacy' - to be published by Palgrave Macmillan.
In this doctoral research Becky Parry examined children’s understandings of narrative as expressed in their multimodal text productions. She also explored the role of film in the children’s home and school identity and literacy practices. Becky demonstrates that the films children encounter provide them with imaginative spaces in which they create, play and perform familiar and unfamiliar, fantasy and everyday narratives. However, in the literacy classroom, some of the children encountered a discontinuity between their experiences of narrative at home and those that were valued in school.

In  storied acounts of the developing identities of the children in the research group, Becky reflects on the complex understandings of narrative and film language the children were able to express in spaces into which children’s film and popular culture were explicitly invited. Finally, Becky reflects on the challenges facing children whose primary experiences of narrative are embedded in moving image media when their experiences are not given opportunities for expression in the classroom.

Becky is now also looking forward to the publication of this work under the title 'Children, Film and Literacy' to be published by Palgrave Macmillan later this year.
'It will be brilliant to make connections, through dissemination, with other teachers and researchers to ensure that the role of film and media continue to be understood as integral to children's experiences of story and their emerging literacies.'

Becky is convening a panel discussion on behalf of the Children's Media Foundation for the UKLA International conference this year which will involve speakers from the children's media industry, explaining their creative process and exploring what it means to create digital texts for children.

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