Becky is Programme Director of the new MA Digital Literacies, Culture and Education and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Becky is also a leading scholar in the emerging field of children’s film scholarship, focusing on gender and the representation of children and childhood in international films for children. Her research is situated within interdisciplinary studies of literacies and particularly focuses on the relationship between the digital texts children engage with and those that they create.
Becky is a scholar of children’s media cultures. Her research is situated within interdisciplinary studies of literacies and particularly focuses on the relationship between the digital texts children engage with and those that they create. This contemporary research recognises that literacy is dynamic and that digital media has created new opportunities and spaces for the making and sharing of texts. Becky’s award winning research has important implications for education, and she advocates for curriculum change and new approaches to pedagogy which acknowledge the value of children’s creative and cultural lives outside of school.
Becky works alongside children and young people,especially those whose experiences are frequently marginalised. Her research draws on qualitative methods including action research, media production and participatory approaches.
Becky is currently leading research for two XR Stories projects funded by the AHRC. XR Stories is a £15M investment by AHRC, the University of York, the British Film Institute and Screen Yorkshire which supports research and development for companies working in cutting-edge digital technologies in the Yorkshire and Humber region.
- Storyland: This project uses participatory collaborative design with children to develop a new inclusive storytelling approach in Virtual Reality for children and is a partnership with Cooperative Innovations. Becky is working with colleague, Dr Aneesh Barai, to develop recommendations for participatory and collaborative design in VR.
- Awesome Animals: In this project Becky is working with colleague, Dr Liz Chesworth to support Fettle Animation in developing a new resources in Augmented Reality for young children. The aim will be to increase the extent to which the experience supports play and creativity for young children.
Becky is also currently undertaking a residency at The National Videogame Museum in Sheffield, with the aim of supporting the development of a research engaged education programme.
Becky is a Board Member for ECFA, the European Children’s Film Association, the international professional body for the children’s film industry.
Becky is also a member of UKLA , the United Kingdom Literacy Association, task group for digital literacies who have recently produced a set of pedagogic principles for digital literacies for schools, along with case studies for teachers.
Becky is the Programme Director for the MA Digital Literacies, Culture and Education and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Becky is also a experienced secondary teacher of English, Drama and Media and has a previous professional career in film and media education, including the establishment of a children’s film festival and a city wide youth journalism project.
Becky now supervises doctoral studies in film and media, digital literacies and education and is especially interested to hear from new candidates for the EdD or Phd doctoral routes who are keen to study children’s media cultures, digital literacies and creative pedagogies.