Childrens personalised books: A look back and a look ahead
Colloquium | October 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 1102, Berkeley Way West (2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720)
Natalia Kucirkova, Norwegian Centre for Learning Environment and Behavioural Research, University of Stavanger, Norway
The increased availability of customisable technologies and broader socio-cultural and economic phenomena (e.g., increased urbanization, globalization and multiculturalism), have led to a heightened commercial interest in personalised products for young children. This talk focuses on personalized books and personalised digital reading. I will begin with an explanation of what is meant by digital personalisation in early childhood, with some examples of the resources and practices subsumed under this umbrella term. I will outline how digital personalization affects childrens reading experience and how it impacts on childrens learning. In particular, I will focus on the data from an ESRC-funded project on Childrens Personalised Stories. I will discuss key themes from this study and how they relate to agency and subjectivity in childrens reading on screen. I will conclude with attention to research methods, with participatory and community-based research highlighted as a promising methodological approach to personalisation.
About the Speaker. Natalia Kucirkova is Professor of Early Childhood Education and Development at the University of Stavanger, Norway and Senior Research Fellow at the University College London, UK. Natalias research concerns innovative ways of supporting childrens book reading, digital literacy, and exploring the role of personalisation in the early years. She co-edits the Bloomsbury Book Series Childrens Reading and Writing on Screen and the journal Literacy published by Wiley. Natalias research takes place collaboratively across academia, commercial and third sectors. She has co-developed an award-winning MOOC Childhood in the Digital Age, an app for childrens story-making Our Story and professional development course for teachers Childrens Reading on Screen.