Becky Parry


Becky began her career as a teacher of English, Drama and Media Studies in Secondary schools, before running a film education programme and children’s film festival at the Showroom cinema in Sheffield. After many years of working in the creative education sector Becky commenced her academic career and now teaches modules on the BA and MA Education and co-leads the university’s flourishing EdD programme. Becky is also currently developing a new MA course focused on digital culture and literacies which will commence in 2020 and she supervises doctoral students in this area.

Research Interests

Becky is Co Director for The Centre for the Study of Literacies. Her research is underpinned by a commitment to the rights of children to access media that represents their lives and interests as well as opportunities to use media to represent themselves. Becky is especially interested in developing pedagogies which support children’s agency, creativity and criticality in relation to digital media. Her doctoral research focused particularly on children’s film and included the use of participatory and visual research methods.

See this short animated account: Stories in My Head

Recent Projects


Virtually Drama: A study conducted in partnership with Professors Cathy Burnett and Guy Merchant at Sheffield Hallam University and colleagues from CHOL’s Imaginary Communities project, where primary aged children create their own imaginative space to play and tell stories in as equal playmakers with their teachers and drama practitioners. The research responded to the rhetoric surrounding the digital revolution and argues for pedagogies which enable new technologies to be meaningfully integrated into the socio-material context of existing practices.