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NP3 quick links[edit]

  • NP3 for policy makers
    • Impact of curriculum, assessment and accountability on pedagogy, ICT use and e-Safety

Quick overview[edit]

New Purposes – New Practices – New Pedagogy (NP3) is exploring the digital practices that children are engaging with outside school and the extent to which these are recognised, valued and influencing practices inside primary schools. We are concerned with issues to do with social justice and the institutional factors that impact on schools’ responses to pupils’ digital practices.

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Our Research Questions (RQs) are:

  1. What are the digital practices that pupils bring to their learning in school?
  2. Across subject domains what do teachers’ intended and enacted pedagogic practices indicate about their awareness of and the value accorded to pupils’ digital competencies, and how do pupils’ experience these pedagogic practices?
  3. What institutional circumstances and practices enable or undermine how pupils’ digital competencies and practices are recognised (RQ1) and integrated into teachers’ practice (RQ2)?
  4. What are the consequences of the answers to RQs 1-3 for learning in terms of social justice, and across and within subject domains?
  5. How does the research inform how to represent and model a participative pedagogy of mutuality (Bruner, 1996; Wenger, 1998; Alexander, 2000; Murphy & Wolfenden, 2013) and engage teachers with that pedagogy? This will be addressed through the meta-analysis of data across studies.

NP3 is a collaboration between the Open University, Lancaster University and Manchester Metropolitan University, and led by Peter Twining.

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NP3 has been funded by the Society for Educational Studies (SES)

4-Apr-2017 - NP3 discussion paper accepted for AERA[edit]

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Cliff Top Literacies - digital technologies supporting composing literacies in an English primary school is now available to download as a pdf. This paper has been accepted for inclusion in a symposium at AERA at the end of April 2017 - it looks at digital literacy practices in what some have called 'the austerity literacy model' within English primary schools. This paper is based on data from one of NP3's case study schools, a primary school in North East England.

Download the paper or have a look at some of the NP3 public reports.

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