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

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Professor of Education
Tel: (+44) (0)114 222 8166
Room: 6.06, School of Education

Jackie is interested in young children’s digital literacy practices in homes, communities and early years settings. 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 examined the way in which parents/carers and other family members support this engagement. 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 supervises EdD and PhD students in the fields of early childhood education and new literacies. She contributes to various programmes in the School of Education. Jackie draws on her research in teaching sessions, enabling students to reflect on ‘real-world’ examples, which generally reflect the complexity and richness of contemporary childhoods.


Recent Funded Projects

Other Activities

  • Chair of COST Action IS1410, ‘The Digital Literacy and Multimodal Practices of Young Children’ (DigiLitEY).
  • Faculty of Social Sciences Director of Learning and Teaching, 2013-
  • Co-editor, Journal of Early Childhood Literacy
  • Chair, UKLA/Wiley Blackwell Research in Literacy Education Award Committee 2011-
  • Member of ESRC Peer Review College
Publications Books

Marsh, J. Plowman, L., Yamada-Rice, D., Bishop, J.C. and Scott, F. (2016) Digital Play: A New Classification. Early Years: An International Journal. Published online ahead of print, 23rd May 2016.

Sefton-Green, J., Marsh, J., Erstad, O. and Flewitt, R. (2016) Establishing Research Agenda for the Digital Literacy Practices of Young Children: A White Paper for COST Action IS1410

Marsh, J. (2015) 'Unboxing' Videos: Co-construction of the child as cyberflâneur. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. Published online ahead of print, 25th June 2015. DOI:10.1080/01596306.2015.1041457

Marsh, J., Hannon, P., Lewis, M. and Ritchie, L. (2015) Young children’s initiation into family literacy practices in the digital age. Journal of Early Childhood Research. Published online before print, June 18, 2015, doi: 10.1177/1476718X15582095

Marsh, J., Plowman, L., Yamada-Rice, D., Bishop, J.C., Lahmar, J., Scott, F., Davenport, A., Davis, S., French, K., Piras, M., Thornhill, S., Robinson, P. and Winter, P. (2015). Exploring play and creativity in pre-schoolers’ use of apps: Final project report. Retrieved from:

MARSH, J. (2014) From the wild frontier of Davy Crockett to the wintery fiords of Frozen: changes in media consumption, play and literacy from the 1950s to the 2010s. International Journal of Play. Vol. 3 (3) pp267-279.

Marsh, J. and Bishop, J.C. (2014) We're playing Jeremy Kyle'! Television talk shows in the playground. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. Vol. 35 (1) pp 16-30.

Marsh, J. and Bishop, J.C. (2014) 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.

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