NERA 2018

Symposium: Digital literacies in schools – contributions from different perspectives.

This call for papers is for a joint symposium between the NERA networks ICT & Education and Literacy Research Network,  and we are pleased to invite you to participate in a symposium on digital literacy. The symposium will take place at the NERA 2018 in Oslo 8.-10. March, the 46th congress in Nordic Educational Research Association. In line with the conference theme “Boundaries, Breaches and Bridges”, this symposium joins together research on digital literacy conceptualized and theorized in autonomous models as well as in situated perspectives on literacy.

Across Europe, policy discourses and curricula design have integrated digital literacy, which have tended towards an autonomous framing of literacy. These frameworks, international surveys and national tests have mainly focused on the technical and functional skills needed for students to acquire digital literacy. Such perspectives on digital literacy have been important in order to develop national, as well as international frameworks on digital literacy and 21 century skills. But on the other hand, literacy researchers have taken as their point of departure the situated literacy events that occur in digitally rich classrooms, in order to understand how digital literacy and literacies emerge as social and cultural practices. These studies contribute with in-depth qualitative studies of digital literacy, but seldom engages in larger data-sets and more overarching patterns and structures on a general level.

In this symposium we invite researchers who have studied digital literacy from a wide range of different methodological perspectives to meet in joint discussions about the nature of digital literacies in schools. The symposium will run in one or two sessions, depending on the number of accepted papers. We are particularly interested in studies that compare and contrast these different perspectives on digital literacy. This issue is important, as there seems to be a growing gap between how digital literacy is understood in policy, and how it is performed in practiceHowever, the symposium also welcomes contributions that draws on one of these strands, but with an interest to engage in discussions about how different perspectives can meet and mutually enrich each other and the research field.

We encourage researchers who have an interest in research on digital literacy in both networks to send in an abstract (450-500 words) before 24. October to the convenors of the networks:

Please notice that your abstract should also be sent to the submission system for NERA before deadline for submission, the 1st of November. In case the symposium cannot include all proposals, they will be considered as single paper presentations.

On behalf of both networks we look forward to your submissions,

Øystein Gilje, Marie Tanner, Carina Hermansson, Michael Dal

En webbplats för det nationella literacynätverket som har fokus på forskning och undervisning kring frågor som rör literacitet