News Archive December 2015

Teachmeet Thursday!

Following our successful Teachmeet Tuesday events in September and October, you are cordially invited to sign up for the first MEA twilight session of 2016!

Drinks and nibbles from 4.30

Speaker (from 5.30) Julian Sefton-Green:

The Media in Everyday Life: Learning and the Dis/Connected Home

This presentation draws on a year –long ethnography into the ‘learning lives’ of 13-14 year olds in London to be published as The Class Living and learning in the Digital Age by Sonia Livingstone and Julian Sefton-Green in 2016.

Focusing on the everyday, quotidian, domesticated and routine uses of media in the home, the talk describes how learning is constructed, mediated and enacted in six families showing how these families adopt and use folk ‘theories of learning’ in the home, and how such theories relate to dominant discourses around learning in school. I examine how media technologies – especially how they are purchased and how they are located in the home – also contribute to dominant conceptualizations of learning and at times almost seem to stand for a proxy measure of it. Thirdly, I will draw on observations and accounts of how learning is enacted as a discipline and as a habit within the ebb and flow of family life. I aim to question assumptions about how we talk about learning in the home by showing that who defines learning in domestic contexts, and on what basis, is subject to a series of class-based, inherited and aspirational discourses and imaginaries.

Julian Sefton-Green is currently Principal Research Fellow at the Department of Media & Communication, LSE and an associate professor at the University of Oslo. He is Visiting Professor at he Playful Learning Centre, University of Helsinki, Finland. Julian has worked as a schoolteacher, in teacher training and in the informal education sector. He has researched and written widely on many aspects of media education, digital culture, creativity, new technologies and informal learning. Recent volumes include Learning at Not-School (2013, MIT Press); and co-editing Identity, Community and Learning Lives in the Digital Age (2013 Cambridge University Press) and Literacy and Learning over Time (Routledge 2014).

Thursday, 7 January 2016 from 16:30 to 19:00