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[ecrea] cfp - The digital in children’s early years: Research, design and practice

Wed Nov 07 16:15:31 GMT 2018

*The digital in children’s early years: Research, design and practice*
Following the successful Digitising Early Childhood Conference held in Perth, Western Australia, in 2018, the conference convenors are calling for book chapters from interested contributors.

The theme of the book is as follows:

/Contemporary 0-8 year olds are discovering what it is to have a digital childhood, and in doing so are introducing families, schools and policy makers to new ways of thinking, doing and being with uncertain implications.////This edited book seeks to build bridges across the many strands of research in this area, forging new ways forward and consolidating the base of what we already know and what we have yet to investigate and address./
Abstracts (500 words) should be forwarded to (DECeditors /at/ <mailto:(DECeditors /at/> by December 10, 2018.

We welcome abstracts by Monday, December 10^th , 2018 that address the broadest possible construction of early childhood and the digital, including those from Media and Communication studies scholars. Topics may include, but are by no means restricted to, the following strands.

·Parenting in the digital home
·Digitalisation of early childhood education
·Special needs children (design, practice and policy)
·Digital literacies at home and school
·Big data and the quantification of childhood
·Interactive robots and children
·Child influencers/children of adult influencers
·Research methods with very young children
·The internet of things and children (wearables, virtual                       assistants, connected toys, smart homes)
·App analysis
·Health and caring in the digital
·Automation, algorithms and AI
·Health and wellbeing of the child in the digital age
·Maker spaces
·Policies, regulations and guidelines
·Children’s play culture
·Family communication practices in a digital world.
·Cultural difference and digital children
·Changing discourses of childhood
·Online safety and risks for children
·Personal and play data privacy/security concerns of children
·Designing digital experiences for children
·YouTube and very young children
·Gendering (or not) the digital child
·Ethical issues in the digitisation of early childhood
Other issues as they emerge
Key Dates:
Abstracts of 500 words, using APA 6^th  referencing style, 3-5 Keywords plus a brief biographic statement are due Monday, *December 10**, 2018 *
Invitations for full chapters sent to authors: Monday, *January 28, 2019*
Full chapters (5-6,000 words) due Friday, *March 29**, 2019*
Please email submissions or queries to the editorial team, Dr Donell Holloway and Francesca Stocco, ECU, Dr Karen Murcia and Prof Michele Willson, Curtin University, and Dr Catherine Archer, Murdoch University via
(DECeditors /at/ <mailto:(DECeditors /at/>
About me section and biographies of the DEC Editorial team:
*Dr Donell Holloway*
Dr Donell Holloway is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow based at Edith Cowan University in Perth Australia, an experienced primary school teacher and ethnographic researcher. Her most significant contributions are generally clustered around issues of ICTs and everyday family life—with particular reference to children. Donell has conducted field work on the ARC Discovery Project Family Internet: Theorizing domestic internet consumption, production and use within Australian Families. Donell has explored the internet and digital communities such as virtual gaming identity formation/construction, engagement, usage, ethics and commercialisation. She is lead author of EU Kids Online report Zero to Eight: Young Children and their Internet Use and has authored or co-authored over 50 refereed journal articles, book chapters and conference papers. She is currently a chief investigator on two Australian Research Council grants, Digital Play: Social network sites and the well-being of young children, and Toddlers and tablets: exploring the risks and benefits 0-5s face online. Donell’s qualifications are a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Edith Cowan University, 2010.
*Miss Francesca Stocco*
Francesca is completing a PhD within the project Internet of Toys (IoToys): Benefits and risks of connected toys for children undertaken by the School of Arts and Humanities at Edith Cowan University and is also a Research Assistant. She is focused and enthused by contributing towards collaborative projects with practical and real-life implications. Her research interests are aspiring to leverage her background in Marketing research exploring consumer motivations (self-determination) within the online context, purchasing behaviour and technology acceptance towards communications research, the evolving digital age of data privacy and cybersecurity protection, Internet studies and cyberpolicy. Through assisting in various research capacities across WA Universities, she has been exposed to public relations and social media pedagogical teaching methods within Education and has a marketing, media/communications background in research centre coordination. She has a basis working in client service and supporting media insights analysis for corporate, not-for-profit and Government clients. Francesca’s qualifications are a Bachelor of Communications/Commerce (Honours) in Marketing at The University of Western Australia (UWA) and she has completed Masters in Commerce postgraduate units including project management, E-commerce, Economics and Social Research methods in order to inform her research interests.
*Dr Karen Murcia*
Dr Murcia is a senior member of the Curtin University teacher education team with a focus on producing high-impact educational research and engagement with interactive and innovative teaching. Her teaching interests and research work span the intersection between learning theory, learning design, and professional development. She is a specalist in STEM education. Specifically, her research has provided a unique and valuable depth of understanding about teachers’ conceptions of the nature of science and the interaction of science with society. Her research in pedagogical interactivity and technology enhanced learning environments investigated the impact of ICT integration and gamification on digitally aware students motivation and interest in learning. In particular, the quality of her research in the field of numeracy across the curriculum and the influence of learning and teaching on an individual’s subject specific self –efficacy was recognised by the Western Australian Institute for Educational Research (WAIER) through her 2006 Early Career Researcher Award.

Dr Murcia has conducted stakeholder consultations, needs analysis, program design and evaluation research. She is experienced in the development and facilitation of a range of adult education and professional development programs. These have included evaluation methods, ethics, values based leadership and action planning. She has worked in partnerships with government, industry and community groups both nationally and internationally.

In addition, Dr Murcia is an active volunteer in the WA community through her roles as a Board Member for Child Australia and Scitech. She is also on the advisory committee for the Low Carbon Schools Program.

Karen’s qualifications are a PhD, Murdoch University, 2007, Master of Education, Murdoch University, 1998, Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary), Western Australian Institute of Technology, 1986, Bachelor of Applied Sciences, Western Australian Institute of Technology, 1985. Her awards include the Early Career Award (2006): Western Australian Institute of Educational Research, and professional associations being the**Science Teachers Association of Western Australia (STAWA), Australasian Science Education Research Association (ASERA).

*Professor Michele Willson*
Michele is Professor in Internet Studies, School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry. As of the 2nd April, 2018, she is also the Dean of Research in the Faculty of Humanities. Michele made the move west to Perth from Melbourne in 2001, enticed by the possibilities of a position within the relatively new Internet Studies area. Before coming to Curtin, she taught in the Politics Departments at Monash University and the University of Melbourne. She was also one of the editors of/Arena/Magazine for a number of years.

Michele undertakes research in a range of areas including the following: social, casual and mobile games; algorithms and the everyday; online communities; social networks; e-research and scholarly collaborative practices; women and sport; and technology and sociality more broadly.  Her publications include/Technically Together: Rethinking Community within TechnoSociety/, /A New Theory of Information and the Internet: Public Sphere meets Protocol///(co-authored with Mark Balnaves) and /Social, Casual and Mobile Games: Changing gaming landscapes///(co-edited with Tama Leaver)//and numerous journal articles and book chapters in the above areas of interest (see Publications for further details).

She has held a range of service and leadership roles in her time at Curtin including the role of School Director of Graduate Studies and Research and Creative Production (2009-2012), Head of Department of Internet Studies (Jan 2013 - June 2015) and Acting Head of School (June 2015 - Feb. 2017). She is also one of the founders of WACCM (West Australian Communication, Culture and Media), a network built across all five WA universities from the disciplines of communication, culture and media studies, promoting WA research visibility and network building. Michele’s affiliations include the AoIR (Association of Internet Researchers); ICA (International Communications Association); ANZCA (Australian and New Zealand Communication Association). Further her research interests pertain to algorithms and the everyday, academic collaboration in the Humanities and Social Sciences, social, casual and mobile games, women and sport, online communities and social networks. Michele’s qualifications are a Bachelor’s (Honours) and a PhD, Monash University.

*Dr **Catherine Archer*

Catherine is a researcher, lecturer specialising in social media and strategic communication at Murdoch University and the Academic Chair of Strategic Communication within the School of Arts at Murdoch. She teaches strategic communication into the Masters of Communication and other areas of teaching include social media, media relations, issues and crisis management and campaign management in the Strategic Communication and Public Relations Programme.Her current research interests include social media, particularly related to families, with a complementary focus on social media influencer relations and ethics, and the blurring of lines between media, marketing, public relations and communication. She has presented on social media to a variety of industry groups including WA public servants and communications consultants.  Prior to working as an academic, Catherine had more than 15 years in industry, working in health services marketing management as well as public relations, communications and consulting. Catherine’s qualifications are a PhD; Master of Philosophy (Public Relations); Postgraduate Diploma in Business (Marketing) and a Bachelor’s in English.
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