This COST Action is developing a network of researchers focused on the digital literacy and multimodal practices of young children (aged 0-8).
Across Europe, there is currently a scarcity of research data on the extent, range and potency of young children’s engagement with new media devices in homes and communities and the data available is concentrated in a few countries. We will address this gap in knowledge by building a framework for collaborative research teams to share expertise and develop coordinated research agendas.
This research involves participants from a wide range of disciplines including: Applied Linguistics; Childhood Studies; Children’s Literature; Computer Science; Cultural Studies; Early Childhood Education; Information Studies; Language and Literature; Media Studies; Psychology; Sociological Studies. This interdisciplinary approach is essential to the construction of knowledge in this area. The COST network will integrate the interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approaches of its members to produce a series of themed research insights into the complex nature of contemporary early literacy practices in COST countries. This is a necessary approach if we are to understand fully the dynamic nature of communication in the digital age.
The network will also identify new methodologies for working with young children and provide a theoretical framework that captures the digital literacy experiences of the whole child (at home, school, library, kindergarten and so on) in a holistic and ethical manner.
This blog will be a space for sharing news about the Action and disseminating the research we undertake.