Stories in our Heads

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EDU’s Cafe, University of Tampere, Virta-building, 3rd floor, Åkerlundinkatu 5.


"I can think of a story in my head, but I'm not that good at writing":
Working with film to help children tell the stories 'in their heads'

Becky Parry will share data from her research, investigating the role of film and media in developing children's understandings of narrative. Taking as a focus one of the children, Connor, Becky will share a telling case of the gap found between children's knowledge and experience of narrative and what they were able to express in their school-based writing. Becky examines the pedagogical spaces which successfully prompt children to use their experiences of media in their storytelling and aims to prompt a practical discussion of the many ways that children can be supported to draw on their understandings of one media form to create stories in another.

Dr Becky Parry is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham, in the School of Education, and is a member of the Centre for Research in Arts, Literacy and Creativity. Becky is also a member of the research team for TALE (Tracking Arts Learning and Engagement) ( Becky's independent research focuses on the stories created by children and for children in different media. Becky is also interested in popular culture, digital media and playful approaches to the teaching and learning of literacy. Her doctoral research focuses particularly on children's films, children's filmmaking and film education. She is author of 'Children, Film and Literacy' published by Palgrave Macmillan and also summarized in animated form ( Becky was formerly a teacher and cinema educator and has worked on numerous creative production projects with children and young people. She has a strong interest in participatory and arts-based approaches to research.


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For more information, please contact:

Reijo Kupiainen, University Lecturer
Tampereen yliopisto/University of Tampere
Kasvatustieteiden yksikkö/Faculty of Education (EDU)
FI-33014 Tampereen yliopisto/University of Tampere
+358 50 3186924