Jackie Marsh – February 8, 2015 – “Young Children’s Online Practices”

Jackie Marsh
University of Sheffield, UK

“Young Children’s Online Practices: Past, Present and Future”

February 8, 2015


3:00 p.m., EST/New York/USA


Dr. Jackie Marsh, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK

Dr. Jackie Marsh, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK


Jackie Marsh is interested in the relationship between childhood cultures, play and literacy in the digital age. She 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 with media and technologies. Dr. Marsh also has conducted a number of research projects that have explored how creative and innovative teachers have responded to the challenges of the new media age. She has evaluated a number of national projects that have aimed to develop teachers’ expertise in the teaching and learning of digital and media literacy. In her more recent research, Dr. Marsh has explored changes in children’s play due to developments in media, technology and commercial cultures.

Jackie Marsh also enjoys teaching contexts in which students have opportunities to reflect on educational theory, policy and practice in ways which enable them to draw on their own experiences, informed by high-quality research. She draws on her own research in teaching sessions, enabling students to reflect on ‘real-world’ examples, which generally reflect the complexity and richness of contemporary childhoods.


Recent Publications

Journal Articles

Marsh, J. & Bishop, J.C. (2013) Challenges in the use of social networking sites to trace potential research participants. International Journal of Research & Method in Education. Published Online August 2013 – DOI:10.1080/1743727X.2013.820642

Marsh, J. & Bishop, J.C. (2012) Rewind and replay? Television and play in the 1950s/1960s and 2010s. International Journal of Play, 1 (3) 279–91.

Marsh, J. & Bishop, J.C. (2012) ”We’re playing Jeremy Kyle!” Television Talk Shows in the Playground, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. Article first published online: 23 November 2012. DOI:10.1080/01596306.2012.739464

Marsh, J. (2012). Purposes for literacy in children’s use of the online virtual world ‘Club Penguin’. Journal of Research in Reading. Article first published online: 11 June 2012. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9817.2012.01530.x

Marsh, J. (2012). Children as knowledge brokers of playground games and rhymes in the new media age. Childhood. Vol, 19, 4, pp508 – 522.

Marsh, J. (2011) Young children’s literacy practices in a virtual world: Establishing an online interaction order. Reading Research Quarterly, 46(2), 101–118




Children's virtual play worldsChildren Media and Playground Cultures








Burke, A. & Marsh, J. (eds) (2013) Children’s Virtual Play Worlds: Culture, Learning and Participation. New York: Peter Lang.

Larson, J. & Marsh, J. (2013) Handbook of Early Childhood Literacy (2nd ed). London: Sage.

Marsh, J. & Bishop, J.C. (in press) Changing play: Play, media and commercial culture from the 1950s to the present day. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Merchant, G., Gillen, J., Marsh. J. and Davies. J. (Eds) (2012) Virtual Literacies: Interactive Spaces for Children and Young People. New York: Routledge.

Willett R, Richards C, Marsh J, Burn A and Bishop, J. (2013) Children, media and playground cultures: Ethnographic studies of school playtimes. Basingstoke: Palgrave

Willett, R., Robinson, M. and Marsh, J. (eds) (2009) Play, Creativity and Digital Cultures. New York, London: Routledge.



Making Literacy Real

Larson, J., & Marsh, J. (2005). Making literacy real: Theories and practices for learning and teaching. Sage.



Research Review

Marsh, J. (2010) Childhood, culture and creativity: a literature review. Creativity, Culture and education series: Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.

Recent Funded Projects

Childhoods and Play: An Archive. Funded by the British Academy, 2012-2017

Digital Futures in Teacher Education, Funded by JISC (with SHU), 2011 – 2012

A study of the relationship between media, commercial markets and children’s play in the UK between 1950 and 2011. Funded by the British Academy, 2011 – 2012

Children’s playground games and rhymes in a new media age. Funded by AHRC Beyond Texts Programme (with Burn, Mitchell Robinson and Willett), 2009-2011


  • Faculty of Social Sciences Director of Learning and Teaching, 2013
  • Head of the School of Education, 2009 – 2012
  • Co-editor, Journal of Early Childhood Literacy
  • Chair, UKLA/ Wiley Blackwell Research in Literacy Education Award Committee 2011-2013
  • Member of ESRC Peer Review College

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