The digital literacy and multimodal practices of young children (DigiLitEY)

Young children are growing up in highly technologized societies across Europe. The aim of this COST Action is to develop an interdisciplinary network that enables researchers to synthesise existing research and identify gaps in knowledge in this area. This will help to avoid duplication, foster innovative avenues for future research and effectively advance knowledge in this area. The Action focuses on children aged from 0-8.

This website provides information about the Action. If you would like to participate in the Action, please contact us.

Information about the Action

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Report on the third Action meeting in Larnaca, Cyrpus, 17th – 18th March 2016

May 5th, 2016

The third Action meeting in Cyrpus, 17th – 18th March, was a great success. 96 delegates from 36 countries attended what was a busy schedule. The three keynote speakers, Professor Cathy Burnett, Dr Julia Gillen and Professor Heather Lotherington provided fascinating overviews of their research on children’s digital literacy practices in early years settings and […]

DigiLitEY Newsletter Issue 2 now available

April 7th, 2016

Newsletter Issue 2

Special Issue of the Journal – Media Education: Studi, Ricerche, Buone Pratiche

March 10th, 2016

Young Children, Touchscreens and Literacy Practices Most research recently developed in Europe has shown that younger children (0-to-8-year-olds) grow up in media-rich homes and (pre)school contexts. Among this age group, access to digital media mainly happens through touchscreen devices, such as tablets and smartphones, which can be used in a more intuitive way than a […]

Research Methodology Database now available

January 6th, 2016

As part of the COST Action The digital literacy and multimodal practices of young children (DigiLitEY) we have created a Research Methodology Database. With this tool we want to gather infomation from studies focused on the digital practices and experiences of children between 0-8 years of age or of other studies that might be directly […]

White Paper for COST Action IS1410 available now

January 5th, 2016

The following  ‘White Paper’ sets out the research questions the COST Action network aims to address. The paper also outlines the theoretical framework for the Action and provides some background context. Full Report Here

Training School Announcement

December 14th, 2015

Training School 1 The First DigiLitEY Training School will take place at the University of Minho, Braga, Portugal 6th to 8th June 2016. The Training School will Focus on the following themes: Young children’s digital literacy practices in homes, communities and informal learning spaces. Young children’s digital literacy practices in early education settings. Affordances of […]

Report on COST Action meeting in Tallinn, Estonia, 19th – 20th October, 2015

November 25th, 2015

This very successful meeting was kindly hosted by Professor Sirje Virkus of the University of Estonia. The meeting was held in conjunction with the 3rd European Conference on Information Literacy. 73 COST Action attendees joined with over 350 ECIL attendees to participate in keynote sessions, networking lunches and dinner. The COST Action meeting and ECIL […]

Newsletter Issue 1

September 1st, 2015

DigiLitEY Newsletter Issue 1 is available  

COST is an interdisciplinary network that enables researchers across COST countries to synthesise existing research and identify gaps in knowledge. This will help to avoid duplication, foster innovative avenues for future research and effectively advance knowledge in this area. There are currently 32 COST countries participating and we will seek to extend this network, particularly to countries that have yet to develop research expertise in this area. Network events will take place across North, South, East and West Europe, as well as in larger and smaller countries, to ensure inclusivity.