Children's Playground Games and Songs in the New Media Age

'What Flies and Wobbles' A seminar by Liz Grugeon, June 9th, 2010, 12.00 to 12.30, London Knowledge Lab

This presentation is an introduction to the playground as a
stage on which children play both traditional and sociodramatic
games, mixing an oral tradition that has been
handed down from child to child over decades, with a
vibrant input from their contemporary experience of the
Liz Grugeon was a Senior Lecturer in Primary English and
Education at De Monfort University (now University of
Bedfordshire) from 1988. From 2000 to 2005 she
encouraged primary school teacher-trainees to look
closely at the playground during their school experience.
Part of this work was published in Literacy, vol. 39, no.1,
April 2005, ‘Listening to learning outside the classroom:
student teachers study playground literacies’. She is also
the lead editor of Teaching Speaking and Listening in the
Primary School. 3
rd Edition (2005) David Fulton Publisher.

Children's Panels

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 @ The British Library 
A day of data collection and activities with children's panels at the British Library.


This section contains information about the outcomes of the project, in particular the Final Report. This summarises the project's work, outcomes and key themes, and lists forthcoming publications.

The following downloads are available
End of Project Report
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Playground Games Interim Conference

February 25, 2009
Conference on project progress from the entire project team. Discussants include Professor Kathryn Marsh, Chair of Music Education and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney; Seth Giddings, University of the West of England, Steve Roud, Beth Cross, Bishop Grosseteste College. Papers by members of the research team can be downloaded below.

The following downloads are available
Andrew Burn - CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND GAMES AND SONGS IN THE NEW MEDIA AGE (paper for interim conference)
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Jackie Marsh & Rebekah Willett: Mega mash-ups and remixes in the cultural borderlands (paper for interim conference)
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Chris Richards: Playing together separately (paper for interim conference)
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Laura Jopson: The Opie Recordings: What’s Left to be Heard? (paper for interim conference)
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Julia Bishop: 'Eeny Meeny Dessameeny’: Continuity and Change in the 'Backstory' of a children's playground rhyme (paper for interim conference)
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Grethe Mitchell: 'Porting playground games into a computer game environment: Game-Catcher concepts, aims and issues (paper for interim conference)
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Jennifer Sheridan: 'When Clapping Data Speaks to Wii: exertion interfaces, physical creativity and performative interaction (paper for interim conference)
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Progress so far: May 2010

The poster below was produced for a Beyond Text award-holders event in London.

The following downloads are available
playground_poster_v3.jpgJPEG139.51 Kb

That's the way I like it: A children's guide to musical meaning, transmission and performance

A seminar by Prof. Kathryn Marsh
February 24, 2010, 5-6pm, WLE Centre, Level 4, IOE, London

This session focuses on conveying children's perspectives and the importance of understanding what it is that children do with, and like about, music within a global environment that has increasingly enabled the proliferation of music from widely divergent cultural contexts. It will exemplify ways in which children receive, respond to, manage, appropriate, manipulate and generate a plethora of musical stimuli that permeate their world in the way that they (not adults) “like it”. In doing so, they make aesthetic choices that demonstrate the cultural complexity of their musical world, drawing on the cultural, ethnic, religious and national contexts in which they live, and utilising various forms of technological media. Particular reference will be made to children’s musical play in multi-ethnic settings, drawing on fieldwork from earlier studies, including those conducted in the UK, and on a current study of refugee and newly arrived migrant children in Australia.

Professor Kathryn Marsh is Chair of Music Education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney, where she teaches subjects relating to primary music education, cultural diversity in music education and music education research methods.

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