Track: Keynote

Title Keynote Speaker - Jackie Marsh
Breaking the ice: Play, friendships and social identities in young children’s use of virtual worlds
Author(s): Jackie Marsh
Moderator(s):Kavon Zenovka, Rurik Bellingshausen
Date Saturday, March 19 10:00
Location: Central Auditorium
Abstract In this presentation, I outline findings from a study in which children in one primary school in the north of England reported on their out-of-school use of virtual worlds. Survey, interview and observational data are drawn upon in an exploration of the social practices of children as they use virtual worlds, focusing in particular on the relationship between online and offline play, the nature of their online friendships and their construction of social identities in these environments. Findings suggest that there is a complex relationship between children’s online and offline play, friendships and social identities and that their experience across domains needs to be viewed as a continuum.
Bio(s): Jackie Marsh: SL Jackie Rexen

Jackie Marsh is Professor of Education and Head of the School of Eduction at the University of Sheffield. Her research focuses on the role and nature of popular culture, media and new technologies in young children's literacy development. She has published papers relating to young children's use of virtual worlds

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