The research focuses on five specific areas, which are identified as themes, and each has a Working Group (WG). The WGs will all undertake a similar set of tasks:
- Collection and synthesis of research: Identifying current European research on the themes and placing this research within an international context. Critical reviews of research in these themes will be produced and published in leading academic journals.
- Identification of future research agendas: The development and agreement of research agendas that are required in order to take forward European research in each of the thematic areas.
- Identification of current national culture, policy and practice in relation to digital literacy in early childhood: A review of how each theme is shaped by diverse European cultures. Analysis of key European and national government documents and publications will be undertaken. National policies and practice in relation to each of the themes will be mapped. In some cases, analyses of national media will be undertaken in relation to each theme.
Recommendations for policy makers: Each WG will provide evidence-informed proposals for future policy development. Each WG will involve stakeholders including policy makers and educators and will ensure that capacity building is undertaken in relation to ESRs.