Dr Becky Parry

School of Education

Lecturer

EDU - Becky Parry Profile
EDU - Becky Parry Profile
R.L.Parry@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 8141

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Dr Becky Parry
School of Education
Edgar Allen House
241 Glossop Rd
Sheffield
S10 2GW
Profile

Becky is a Lecturer in Digital Literacies who established and now teaches on the new MA Digital Literacies, Culture and Education in the Department of Education. She has had a long-career in film and arts education and is especially interested in creative pedagogies. Becky’s research focuses on children’s media cultures and media production pedagogies. Becky is also an independent arts educator who leads evaluation activity for local cultural organisations.

Research interests

Becky’s research focuses on children’s media cultures and media production pedagogies. She is an advocate for curriculum change and 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.

Current Projects

Becky is currently leading a Teacher Development Action Research project ‘WorldBuilders’, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and in partnership with six schools, the National Videogame Museum and Maker{Futures}.

Becky is also leading work on an exciting new MOOC for teachers focused on Digital Literacies and Videogames.

Becky currently supervises doctoral students: 

Helen O'Connor (Design Pedagogies)

Megan Wellington-Barratt (Photography Pedagogies)

Niamh Watkins (Primary Writing Pedagogies)

Sarah Smith  (Teaching Digital Literacies) 

Vicki Frodsham (Early Years Education)

Stefan Kucharczyk (Creative Pedagogies and Storytelling)

Josiah Tomasz Lenton (Conflict Education)

Norah Alturki (Digital Citizenship in Early Years Literacy Education)

Becky 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 or creative pedagogies.

Professional Memberships

Member of the Board for ECFA The European Children’s Film Association (Current)

Member of the United Kingdom Literacy Association  Digital Literacies Task Force 

Member of the United Kingdom Literacy Association

Publications

Books

Edited books

  • Parry R, Burnett C & Merchant G (Eds.) (2018) Literacy, Media, Technology Past, Present and Future. London: Bloomsbury Academic. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles

Chapters

Book reviews

Research group

#supervisionaries - stories of brilliant doctoral supervision

From the moment Becky became my supervisor I felt supported, challenged and valued. She answered my queries, acknowledged my stresses and actively listened. Becky is inspirational and an asset to the University of Sheffield.

Teaching interests

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.

Professional activities
  • Member of the United Kingdom Literacy Association
  • Member of the UKLA/Wiley Blackwell Research in Literacy Education Award Committee
  • Member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Review College
  • Participant in COST Action IS1410, ‘The Digital Literacy and Multimodal Practices of Young Children’ (DigiLitEY)
  • Regular reviewer for Palgrave Macmillan, Bloomsbury and Routledge and for journals including Literacy, Children and Media and Media Education Research and Film Education.