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Reading outside the Book 13.03.13

The current generation of readers and those of the future are faced with new, plural, supple and sophisticated possibilities, as reading moves outside the confines of the conventional paper book. Reading outside the book means that the book takes place alongside other media, such as the digital revolution, in a variety of interesting ways. In this exploration of some developments in the world of contemporary fiction for both young people and adults Mackey demonstrates that reading augments and supports forms of digital engagement.

Mackey, Margaret. Reading outside the Book [online]. Papers: Explorations into Children's Literature, Vol. 14, No. 2, Dec 2004: 18-27. ISSN: 1034-9243.

CMF supporters might also be interested in Mackey's interpretation of CMF Founder Patron, Philip Pullman's, 'Northern Lights' trilogy, in which she explores the imginative spaces created by cinematic writing.  Mackey usefully reminds us all that different cultural forms co-exist and influence each other, and perhaps this also suggests a need to value and teach children cinematic writing

Northern Lights and Northern Readers: Background Knowledge, Affect Linking, and Literary Understanding

 TV, Violence & Children: More Weak Paediatrics Studies 20.02.13

The title of this incisive dissection of two recent alarmist research reports, indicates the frustration John Grohol feels when presented with conclusions which are contradicted by the evidence listed in the reports themselves.  One of the reports analysed is the recent New Zealand study (Robinson et al 2013) which concluded that children who watch more television are more likely to become criminals.  Dr Grohol lists a wide selection of other factors the researchers did not measure, which could equally have a causal relationship on the children studied.

Dr. John Grohol is the CEO and founder of Psych Central. He is an author, researcher and expert in mental health online, and has been writing about online behavior, mental health and psychology issues -- as well as the intersection of technology and human behavior -- since 1992. Dr. Grohol sits on the editorial board of the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking and is a founding board member and treasurer of the Society for Participatory Medicine.

Grohol, J. (2013) 
TV, Violence & Children: More Weak Pediatrics Studies. Psych Central.

Harry Potter and "the Landscape of Consciousness"  19.02.13

Many children view favourite feature films repeatedly at home and develop understandings of them. This article discusses findings from a study which focused on the understandings that 9- and 10-year-old children showed about character in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The children's home-based engagement with characters provides evidence for teachers who are planning to extend understandings about character in their classrooms. The article shows that children's repeat engagements with film can build significant understandings and informed appreciation which are similar to those that teachers aim for and of considerable interest to those who make texts for children.

Finch, B. (2012). Harry Potter and “the landscape of consciousness”: repeat home viewers’ understandings about character. Literacy, 46(1), 40-47.

Digital Media and Learner Identity - The New Curatorship 27.02.13

Often studies of digital education focus on technology rather than on the learners or on what they make and do with the devices they use every day. This book takes a different path, putting learners and their lives at the heart of the research. This in-depth account of media production activities by younger learners suggests that their authoring and editing practices are examples of a new curatorship: that is to say that children use digital media to represent their identities and affiliations to digital media in ways that it is important for children's media professionals, researchers and educators to recognise and value.

John Potter
Print Pub Date:December 2012
Online date:December 2012
DOI: 10.1057/9781137004864
ebook ISBN: 9781137004864
Print ISBNs: 9781137004857 HB 9781137004871
220 pp


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