Children’s Global Media Summit calls for original research on using media in education

Children’s Global Media Summit calls for original research on using media in education

The Children’s Global Media Summit is looking for original education research to help shape how digital and broadcast media can be developed for children in the future.

Established in 1995 and taking place every three years, the conference, which will be held in Manchester this year, looks at ways to improve children’s media, and the impact it has in classrooms and the wider world.

Submissions should be based on original research, and look at areas such as how media has been effective in enabling pupils to self-teach, or case-studies of innovative digital projects in schools.

Research submissions should be around 500 words including research focus, underpinning methodology and main findings, and applications will be judged on their rigour, originality and relevance to the summit by academics and the BBC’s editorial team.

Education at its best is research informed

Explaining why researchers should come forward, judge Dr Ashley Woodfall, a senior lecturer and children’s media researcher at Bournemouth University, said: “It is through presenting research at conferences like the Children’s Global Media Summit that research can reach out to policy makers, as well as those in education and that make media for children.

“Education at its best is research informed, and without the understanding that comes from meeting at an event like this, learning and teaching can lose connection with the ways in which children engage with media content and technology.”

Previous research showcased at the 2014 Summit in Kuala Lumpar, explored ways educators could use media to connect with children with special needs.

“Great technology will never replace poor teaching, but technology can hugely amplify great teaching, and help ensure that all students have access to excellent teaching,” said OECD education director Andreas Schleicher, a speaker at this year’s event

Successful researchers will be asked to present their work at the Children’s Global Media Summit 2017, which runs from December 4 to 7 at the Manchester Central Convention Complex.

The deadline for research submissions is August 10. To find out more, click here.