Author Archives: Julian Sefton-Green

The Final Report from the Connected Learning Research Network: Reflections on a Decade of Engaged Scholarship

I am one of the co-authors of the final report of  The Connected Learning Research Network: Reflections on a Decade of Engaged Scholarship. We report on a decade’s work of MacArthur Foundation Connected Learning Research Network. The new report describes the … Continue reading

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The social utility of ‘data literacy’

This co-authored article examines the social utility of the concept,‘data literacy’. Recent developments in the processes of datafication challenge long-held assumptions about privacy and the role of both state and commerce in individual lives. Typically, these have been addressed through:regulatory … Continue reading

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From the personal to the societal – the challenge of moving from everyday ‘interpersonal’ digital literacies to deeper social understandings

I am presenting on this topic at a conference on Media Information Literacy in Seoul, funded by the Ministry of Education and jointly organized by the Korean National Commission for UNESCO (KNCU), the Korea Press Foundation (KPF), the Korea Education … Continue reading

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Research on Educational Platforms in Public School Classrooms: A Call to Action

This short co-authored commentary published in the Teachers College Record here, examines the growth of new digital platforms that link families, children, and teachers through the well-known example of ClassDojo. We argue that the ubiquity of platform use is a … Continue reading

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What future for children’s agency, rights and pleasures? beyond the limits of literacy in the platform media-multiverse

I just gave this talk at the children’s media symposium at the University of the Sunshine Coast. I reflected on how  living in a digital society affects debates about the  purposes and reception of children’s media culture and literacy, and examined how … Continue reading

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Harnessing the Transformative Power of Education

I have a short afterward in this book, exploring intrinsic and extrinsic values attributed to what it means to being educated. The book offers a series of practical, local but system wide and socially responsible practices, policies and analyses to … Continue reading

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Datafying childhood. Can schools or families resist?

This event brought together scholars related to datafication, childhood, and privacy in order to address concerns around how the actions of children, both in and out of school, are becoming increasingly monitored and datafied using digital technology. Some key, guiding … Continue reading

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Platform Pedagogies

This new research initiative investigates the pedagogic dimension of digital platforms. It draws on older theoretical traditions that use pedagogy as a way of describing and explaining the relationships between individual and society, agency and structure.  We want to explore … Continue reading

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Multiliteracies and Early Years Innovation: Perspectives from Finland and Beyond.

This new edited volume comes out of work I’ve been doing with the Playful Learning Centre at the University of Helsinki over the past few years can be found here. The book brought together internationally renowned scholars to investigate and … Continue reading

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Young People’s Transitions into Creative Work: Navigating Challenges and Opportunities

This new co-authored book has just been published and can be found here. Based on original research the book explores how formal and informal education initiatives and training systems in the US, UK and Australia seek to achieve a socially … Continue reading

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