The Media Education Research Journal - a twice-yearly peer-reviewed academic journal, the first issue of which was published in spring 2010. Volume 7.1 will shortly be published..

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Call for papers – MERJ 8.1

The Media Education Research Journal invites submissions for issue 8.1.

Outcomes of research into any aspect of media education and / or media literacy education are welcome.

There are two options for submission:

  • Full articles : 5000 – 7500 words (fully developed outcomes of research)
  • MERJ Research Forum pieces: 1500 – 3000 words (interim research findings, ‘thought pieces’, research in development)

Please see the guidance for authors when preparing your submission

Deadline for submissions: January 6th 2017

Submissions / enquires to merj@cemp.ac.uk


Call for papers – MERJ 8.2

Themed Issue: Media Learning and Engagement in Early Childhood

Guest Editors: Becky Parry, Fiona Scott, Cary Bazalgette, Ashley Woodfall and Michelle Cannon.

In both dominant research paradigms and public discourse young children’s engagements with media continue to be seen narrowly in terms of the risks or benefits that may be involved. Meanwhile very young children are increasingly engaging with media at home in ways that influence their talk, their play, their developing identities and indeed their orientation to literacy. A growing new body of research also suggests that digital meaning making offers very young children distinct opportunities to explore, experiment and negotiate with assets and resources in an enticingly liminal space. In this ‘elastic’ space, children feel empowered by the extent of their control and are not limited or obstructed by the written form (Potter, 2012; Cannon, 2016).

If children’s everyday encounters with media texts are marginalised and under valued, opportunities for connected learning are missed, leading to a dissonance between home and school experiences (Parry, 2014) and risking wider inequalities (Scott, 2016). Media education and media literacy research has an important role to play in establishing a bridge between children’s media experiences and their experience of media in schools. This work has the potential to signal opportunities for new ways of using digital tools to create innovative pedagogic spaces for young children.

This themed issue of MERJ offers a platform for such research. We invite both UK-based and international contributions on the following themes:

  • Reports of recent and current research in the field of early childhood engagements with media;
  • Informed and analytical accounts of innovative practice in relation to media learning in early childhood 0-7;
  • Accounts of new methodological approaches to researching young children’s holistic and dialogic engagements with media.

Deadline for submissions: June 30th 2017

Submissions can be in either full articles or research forum pieces. See the standard MERJ submission guidance at www.merj.info

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