Playful Literacies and Dynamic literacies: Valuing third spaces and young people’s agency

Talk by: Dr John Potter, UCL Knowledge Lab, UCL Institute of Education, University College London. This will be a talk which engages with notions of play as a dynamic form of engagement with meaning making, ephemeral but important in the lives of children and young people, and throughout the lifecourse. It will draw on examples from a range of media education research projects which have produced spontaneous moments of play during the course of exploring digital moving image production, coding and game authoring. Please sign up for the talk.

11.05.2017 | Pia Gjermandsen Andersen

Dato man 29 maj
Tid 14:00 16:00
Sted CUDiM, Building 5620/136, Paludan-Müllers Vej 48, 8200 Aarhus N

Dr. John Potter, UCL Knowledge Lab, UCL Institute of Education, University College London.


14.00-14:15: Welcome and introduction, Rikke Toft Nørgård
14.15-15.15: “Playful Literacies & Dynamic literacies: Valuing third spaces and young people’s agency,” John Potter
15.15-15.30: Coffee & short break
15.30-16.00: Some concrete examples of playful and dynamic literacies & discussion
16.00-18.00: Wine reception


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Description of event:

Agency in learning settings is a key issue for educational systems around the world, particularly where performative measures threaten to inhibit children and young people’s ability to learn through playful experience and their teachers’ abilities to respond creatively to their needs.  In the context of the wider use of digital media and technology this issue occupies a contested space between home and school and brings into question wider issues of definitions of both “literacy” and “agency”. What does it mean to be agentive in as a learner in 2016 in the context of digital media?

Based on a number of research projects in recent years my talk explores media production, digital making and curation as a set of active new literacy practices in which particular strategic dispositions and skills are employed by children and youth of primary and lower secondary age (5 – 14) to represent identity, affiliation and cultural capital. It will consider these in the light of theories of playfulness and exploration It will consider the nature of the pedagogical response to these paradigm shifts in formal and informal educational settings.

The talk will introduce the concept of the semi-permeable membrane between home and school as a third space and location of a “porous expertise” which potentially promotes a more agentive engagement in learning. Finally, the talk will also discuss this work in relation to recent approaches to mediatized play in virtual spaces which builds on ‘sociomateriality’ as a key concept. 

There will be time to show concrete examples of work and hopefully to discuss and debate them in the context of the theories outlined.    

Dr John Potter, UCL Knowledge Lab, UCL Institute of Education, University College London

Digital Media, Culture and Education: Theorising Third Space Literacies by DARE member John Potter and DARE associate Julian McDougall 

Rikke Toft Nørgaard, Associated professor

Forskningsarrangement - TDM, Hovedområder, Arts, Videnskabelige medarbejdere, Ph.d.-studerende, Forelæsning / foredrag