Professor Jackie Marsh, BA (Hons), PGCE, MEd, PhD, FRSA

Professor of Education

Photograph of Jackie Marsh

Tel: (+44) (0)114 222 8166
Fax: (+44) (0)114 222 8105
Room: 6.12

Research interests

Jackie is interested in the relationship between childhood cultures, play and literacy in the digital age. She has conducted research projects that have explored children´s access to new technologies and their emergent digital literacy skills, knowledge and understanding. She has also examined the way in which parents/carers and other family members support this engagement with media and technologies. Jackie also has conducted a number of research projects that have explored how creative and innovative teachers have responded to the challenges of the new media age. She has evaluated a number of national projects that have aimed to develop teachers' expertise in the teaching and learning of digital and media literacy. In her more recent research, Jackie has explored changes in children’s play due to developments in media, technology and commercial cultures.


Jackie enjoys teaching contexts in which students have opportunities to reflect on educational theory, policy and practice in ways which enable them to draw on their own experiences, informed by high-quality research. She draws on her own research in teaching sessions, enabling students to reflect on ‘real-world’ examples, which generally reflect the complexity and richness of contemporary childhoods.


  • Faculty of Social Sciences Director of Learning and Teaching, 2013
  • Head of the School of Education, 2009 - 2012
  • Co-editor, Journal of Early Childhood Literacy
  • Chair, UKLA/ Wiley Blackwell Research in Literacy Education Award Committee 2011-2013
  • Member of ESRC Peer Review College

Recent publications


Marsh, J. and Bishop, J.C. (in press) Changing Play: Play, Media and Commercial Culture from the 1950s to the Present Day. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Burke, A. and Marsh, J. (eds) (2013) Children's Virtual Play Worlds: Culture, Learning and Participation. New York: Peter Lang.

Willett R, Richards C, Marsh J, Burn A and Bishop, J. (2013) Children, media and playground cultures: Ethnographic studies of school playtimes. Basingstoke: Palgrave

Larson, J. and Marsh, J. (2013) Handbook of Early Childhood Literacy (2nd ed). London: Sage.

Merchant, G., Gillen, J., Marsh. J. and Davies. J. (Eds) (2012) Virtual Literacies: Interactive Spaces for Children and Young People. New York: Routledge.

Willett, R., Robinson, M. and Marsh, J. (eds) (2009) Play, Creativity and Digital Cultures. New York, London: Routledge.


Marsh, J. and Bishop, J.C. (2013) Challenges in the use of social networking sites to trace potential research participants. International Journal of Research & Method in Education. Published Online August 2013 - DOI:10.1080/1743727X.2013.820642

Marsh, J. and Bishop, J.C. (2012) Rewind and Replay? Television and Play in the 1950s/1960s and 2010s’, International Journal of Play, 1 (3) 279–91.

Marsh, J. and Bishop, J.C. (2012) ”We’re playing Jeremy Kyle!” Television Talk Shows in the Playground’, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. Article first published online: 23 November 2012. DOI:10.1080/01596306.2012.739464

Marsh, J. (2012). Purposes for literacy in children’s use of the online virtual world ‘Club Penguin’. Journal of Research in Reading. Article first published online: 11 June 2012. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9817.2012.01530.x

Marsh, J. (2012). Children as knowledge brokers of playground games and rhymes in the new media age. Childhood. Vol, 19, 4, pp508 – 522.

Marsh, J. (2011) Young Children's Literacy Practices in a Virtual World: Establishing an Online Interaction Order. Reading Research Quarterly, 46(2), 101–118

Research Review

Marsh, J. (2010) Childhood, culture and creativity: a literature review. Creativity, Culture and education series: Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.

Recent Funded Projects

Childhoods and Play: An Archive. Funded by the British Academy, 2012-2017

Digital Futures in Teacher Education, Funded by JISC (with SHU), 2011 - 2012

A study of the relationship between media, commercial markets and children's play in the UK between 1950 and 2011. Funded by the British Academy, 2011 - 2012

Children's playground games and rhymes in a new media age. Funded by AHRC Beyond Texts Programme (with Burn, Mitchell Robinson and Willett), 2009-2011

Research Students

Mona Alhinty: A study of the use of ipads for teaching children learning English as an Additional Language.

Jeannie Bulman: Progression in children’s analysis of films

Pornwan Maglin: The use of a multiple intelligences approach in an early childhood setting in Thailand

Ken Newlan: A case study of art education in a Further Education College

Philomena Osseo-Asare: Young children’s literacy learning in Ghana

Fiona Scott: Young children’s engagement with television across media platforms

Sumayah Zafar: Use of mobile technologies to support early literacy learning in Saudi Arabian kindergartens.