Professor Jackie Marsh

Professor Jackie Marsh is internationally recognised in the field of young children’s digital literacy practices in homes, communities and schools, with a focus on children aged from birth to eight. Jackie has conducted research projects that have explored children’s access to new technologies and their emergent digital literacy skills, knowledge and understanding. She has also examined the way in which parents/carers and other family members support this engagement. Jackie will contribute expertise to the Educated and Connected Child programs, sharing research design, data analysis and publications.

Jackie has led numerous national and international projects at the forefront of research in this area, including Makerspaces in Early Childhood: Enhancing Play and Creativity (2015-2019) and the Digital Literacy and Multimodal Practices of Young Children (DigiLitEY), where she was Chair and Grant-Holder. Jackie has also collaborated extensively with the children’s media industry, undertaking co-produced research studies with the BBC, as well as with children’s television and digital media producers, studies which have had an impact on the quality of provision for young children in this area.

Earliest digital memory
My first computer in the 1980s was an Amstrad PCW 8512. I was amazed that I no longer had to re-type everything on my typewriter if I wanted to revise a piece of work!

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