From Digiducks to Penguin Pigs: Using storytelling as a creative methodological research approach to find out more about younger children’s information literacy and perceptions of online safety.

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


Research aimed at empowering children’s digital engagement and information literacy often lacks the experiences and perspective of children (Chaudron, 2015).This workshop aims to evaluate the use of storytelling as a pedagogical and creative methodological approach when examining younger children’s understanding of digital technologies, their information literacy and internet safety. This includes exploring children’s agency and how encouragement of their voices can help to gain a wider understanding of issues affecting them in their fast changing worlds (Pinter, Kuchah & Smith, 2013). The workshop draws on the initial findings of an on-going PhD and discusses the findings from creative research using a storytelling approach aimed at providing younger children more agency and autonomy within the research environment. As a familiar pedagogical strategy, the workshop asks participants to consider the value of encouraging an agentic space for children to discuss their ideas, perceptions and concerns. The workshop considers issues of reliability and validity in research involving younger children, yet aims to consider children’s social interaction and how this potentially encourages the collection of reliable and valid data.
The workshop begins by contextualising the ongoing PhD research, which has been carried out with children in a reception class in West Yorkshire. A brief review of the literature is provided to situate the research in the relevant academic field. Participants are then invited to contribute to a detailed critical analysis of a range of age appropriate storybooks aimed at supporting younger children’s information literacy and internet safety. Before drawing together any findings through a critical discussion. It is hoped that discussions will highlight many aspects to consider when using stories to encourage children to share their perceptions, in the classroom and the research environment.
PeriodApr 2019
Event titleLILAC: The Information Literacy Conference
Event typeConference
LocationNottingham, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational