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Professor Natalia Kucirkova

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Professional biography

Natalia Kucirkova is Professor of Early Childhood Education and Development at the University of Stavanger, Norway and Professor of Reading and Children’s Development at The Open University, UK. Natalia’s work is concerned with social justice in children’s literacy and use of technologies. She is the founder of the International Collective of Children’s Digital Books that connects research and design in children’s e-books and literacy apps and Chair of the Children’s Digital Book Award that is the first award judged entirely by teachers. Her research takes place collaboratively across academia, commercial and third sectors.

Research interests

Keywords: Early literacy, digital literacy, personalisation, shared book reading

Topics: iPads/tablets and mobile technologies in schools

Digital books and apps and their impact on children's early literacy and learning

Personalised education in early and primary education

Cross-generational digital literacy community projects

Teaching interests

Natalia teaches the following Modules:

  • MOOC - Childhood in the digital age
  • E102 Introduction to childhood studies and child psychology
  • E219- Psychology of childhood and youth
  • EK313- Issues with children and young people

Impact and engagement

  • School governor of a local school
  • Chief Book Editor Journal of Early Childhood Literacy
  • Chair and Organisor of UKLA/Book Trust Best Children's Digital Book Award
  • RSA Fellow
  • Oxford Education Committee (Core member)
  • Reading Agency (Advisory Group Member)

External collaborations

Natalia is part of the Jacobs Research Fellows Network:

https://jacobsfoundation.org/en/activity/jacobs-foundation-research-fellows/

Natalia co-leads the Centre for Research in Early Childhood Education and Care in Stavanger, Norway

https://www.uis.no/en/research/filiorum-centre-research-early-childhood-education-and-care

Publications

Socio-material directions for developing empirical research on children’s e-reading: A systematic review and thematic synthesis of the literature across disciplines (2021-03-01)
Kucirkova, Natalia
Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 21(1) (pp. 148-174)


A Comparison of Children’s Reading on Paper Versus Screen: A Meta-Analysis (2021)
Furenes, May Irene; Kucirkova, Natalia and Bus, Adriana G.
Review of Educational Research ((Early Access))


Designing personalised instruction: A research and design framework (2021)
Kucirkova, Natalia; Gerard, Libby and Linn, Marcia C.
British Journal of Educational Technology ((Early Access))


Digital literacies and children’s personalized books: Locating the 'self' (2020)
Kucirkova, Natalia and Mackey, Margaret
London Review of Education, 18(2) (pp. 151-162)


The Distance between the 'Self' and the 'Other' in Children's Digital Books (2020)
Kucirkova, Natalia and Littleton, Karen
Frontiers in Psychology, 11, Article 589281


Children’s reading with digital books: past moving quickly to the future (2019-12-01)
Kucirkova, Natalia
Child Development Perspectives, 13(4) (pp. 208-214)


Children’s agency by design: Design parameters for personalization in story-making apps (2019-09)
Kucirkova, Natalia
International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction, 21 (pp. 112-120)


‘It Brings it all Back, all those Good Times; it Makes Me Go Close to Tears’. Creating Digital Personalised Stories with People who have Dementia (2019-04-01)
Critten, Valerie and Kucirkova, Natalia
Dementia, 18(3) (pp. 864-881)


How Could Children’s Storybooks Promote Empathy? A Conceptual Framework Based on Developmental Psychology and Literary Theory (2019)
Kucirkova, Natalia
Frontiers in Psychology, 10, Article 121


Evaluating the effectiveness of an educational programming intervention on children’s mathematics skills, spatial awareness and working memory (2018-11)
Messer, David; Thomas, Lucy; Holliman, Andrew and Kucirkova, Natalia
Education and Information Technologies, 23(6) (pp. 2879-2888)


The influence of children’s gender and age on children’s use of digital media at home (2018-04-10)
Kucirkova, Natalia; Littleton, Karen and Kyparissiadis, Antonios
British Journal of Educational Technology, 49(3) (pp. 545-559)


Storytelling and story-acting: co-construction in action (2018-03-01)
Cremin, Teresa; Flewitt, Rosie; Swann, Joan; Faulkner, Dorothy and Kucirkova, Natalia
Journal of Early Childhood Research, 16(1) (pp. 3-17)


Dimensions of personalisation in technology-enhanced learning: a framework and implications for design (2018-01-10)
FitzGerald, Elizabeth; Kucirkova, Natalia; Jones, Ann; Cross, Simon; Ferguson, Rebecca; Herodotou, Christothea; Hillaire, Garron and Scanlon, Eileen
British Journal of Educational Technology, 49(1) (pp. 165-181)


Personalised reading for pleasure with digital libraries: Towards a pedagogy of practice and design (2018)
Kucirkova, Natalia and Cremin, Teresa
Cambridge Journal of Education, 48(5) (pp. 571-589)


A literature synthesis of personalised technology-enhanced learning: what works and why (2018)
FitzGerald, Elizabeth; Jones, Ann; Kucirkova, Natalia and Scanlon, Eileen
Research in Learning Technology, 26, Article 2095


Digital learning hubs: theoretical and practical ideas for innovating massive open online courses (2017)
Kucirkova, Natalia and Littleton, Karen
Learning, Media and Technology, 42(3) (pp. 324-330)


Young children’s reading for pleasure with digital books: six key facets of engagement (2017)
Kucirkova, Natalia; Littleton, Karen and Cremin, Teresa
Cambridge Journal of Education, 47(1) (pp. 67-84)


Developing personalised education for personal mobile technologies with the pluralisation agenda (2017)
Kucirkova, Natalia and Littleton, Karen
Oxford Review of Education, 43(3) (pp. 276-288)


Digital Personal Stories: A Case Study of Two African Adolescents, with Severe Learning and Communication Disabilities (2016)
Critten, Val and Kucirkova, Natalia
Journal of childhood and developmental disorders, 1, Article 7(1)


A Vygotskian perspective on parent-child talk during iPad story sharing (2015-11-30)
Kucirkova, Natalia; Sheehy, Kieron and Messer, David
Journal of Research in Reading, 38(4) (pp. 428-441)


Child-Father creative text-making at home with crayons, iPad, collage & PC (2015-09)
Kucirkova, N. and Sakr, M.
Thinking Skills and Creativity, 17 (pp. 59-73)


Book Review: The thinking teacher (2015-06-10)
Kucirkova, Natalia
Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy, 41(4) (pp. 451-452)


Story-Making with iPad Apps: Baking Stories in the 21st Century (2015-03)
Kucirkova, Natalia
Exchange


Story-making on the iPad when children have complex needs: two case studies (2014-11)
Kucirkova, Natalia; Messer, David; Critten, Val and Harwood, Jane
Communication Disorders Quarterly, 36(1) (pp. 44-54)


The effects of personalization on young children's spontaneous speech during shared book reading (2014-09)
Kucirkova, Natalia; Messer, David and Sheehy, Kieron
Journal of Pragmatics, 71 (pp. 45-55)


iPads in early years, separating assumptions and evidence (2014-07-07)
Kucirkova, Natalia
Frontiers in Psychology, 5, Article 715


Spot the Dog; with iPads: spot the difference! (2014-07)
Kucirkova, Natalia; Willans, Deb and Cremin, Teresa
English 4-11, 51 (pp. 11-14)


Reading personalized books with preschool children enhances their word acquisition (2014-06)
Kucirkova, Natalia; Messer, David and Sheehy, Kieron
First Language, 34(3) (pp. 227-243)


Personalization in mother-child emotion talk across three contexts (2014-03)
Kucirkova, Natalia and Tompkins, Virginia
Infant and Child Development, 23(2) (pp. 153-169)


Children's engagement with educational iPad apps: insights from a Spanish classroom (2014-02-28)
Kucirkova, Natalia; Messer, David; Sheehy, Kieron and Fernandez-Panadero, Carmen
Computers & Education, 71 (pp. 175-184)


iPads in early years and foundation classrooms (2014-01)
Kucirkova, Natalia
Teach Nursery, 5(1)


Touching the virtual, touching the real: iPads and enabling literacy for students with learning disabilities. (2014)
Flewitt, Rosie; Kucirkova, Natalia and Messer, David
Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 37(2) (pp. 107-116)


How can iPad apps enrich psychology research? (2014)
Kucirkova, Natalia
Psychology Teaching Review, 20(2) (pp. 121-125)


Children interacting with books on iPads: research chapters still to be written (2013-12-24)
Kucirkova, Natalia
Frontiers in Psychology, 4, Article 995


Sharing personalized stories on iPads: a close look at one parent-child interaction (2013-11)
Kucirkova, Natalia; Messer, David; Sheehy, Kieron and Flewitt, Rosie
Literacy, 47(3) (pp. 115-122)


iPads in early education (2013-01)
Kucirkova, Natalia
Early Years Educator, 14(9) (pp. 24-26)


Parents reading with their toddlers: the role of personalisation in book engagement (2012)
Kucirkova, Natalia; Messer, David and Whitelock, Denise
Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 13(4) (pp. 445-470)


Sharing personalised books: a practical solution to the challenges posed by home book reading interventions (2010-09)
Kucirkova, Natalia; Messer, David and Whitelock, Denise
Literacy Information & Computer Education Journal, 1(3) (pp. 263-272)


iPads and Tablets in the Classroom: Personalising Children’s Stories (2014)
Kucirkova, Natalia
Minibook
ISBN : 978-1-897638-90-3 | Publisher : UKLA | Published : Leicester


Investigating the effectiveness of the Our Story App to increase children’s narrative skills: Lessons learnt from one English preschool classroom (2019-05-06)
Kucirkova, Natalia; Messer, David J. and Sheehy, Kieron
In: Veneziano, Edy and Nicolopoulou, Ageliki eds. Narrative, Literacy and Other Skills: Studies in intervention. Studies in Narrative (25) (pp. 265-281)
ISBN : 9789027262912 | Publisher : John Benjamins


Digital and new technologies: Research tools and questions (2016-06-03)
Messer, David and Kucirkova, Natalia
In: Prior, Jess and Van Herwegen, Jo eds. Practical Research with Children (pp. 264-284)
ISBN : 9781138937888 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon


Deti ako autori vlastnych kniziek na ipadoch: Hl'Adanie strednej cesty(Children as authors of their own iPad books: searching for a balance (2012)
Kucirkova, Natalia; Messer, David and Sheehy, Kieron
In: Miňová, Monika ed. Predprimárne vzdelávanie v súčasnosti (pp. 285-298)
ISBN : 978-80-555-0703-3 | Publisher : Presovska univerzita v Presove, Pedagogic fakulta. Slovensky vybor Svetovej organizacie pre predskolsku vychovu | Published : Presove, Slovakia


Our Story - Eine App zur Herstellung von Bilderund Geschichtenbüchern [Our Story - an app for creating digital picture books] (2012)
Kucirkova, Natalia
In: Brinkmann, Erika and Valtin, Renate eds. Lesen- und Schreibenlernen mit digitalen Medien [Reading and writing learning with digital media] (pp. 92-101)
ISBN : 978-3-9809663-4-4 | Publisher : Deutsche Gesellschaft für Lesen und Schreiben | Published : Berlin


Digital Personalized Learning: Conceptualization, Operationalization and Impact (2021-08-25)
Kucirkova, Natalia
In : The 19th Biennial EARLI Conference (23.08.2021-27.08.2021, Online)


A Comparison of Children’s Reading on Paper versus Screen: A Meta-analysis conference presentation (2021-07-16)
Kucirkova, Natalia and Bus, Adriana
In : Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, Annual Meeting (13-16 Jul 2021, Online)


Reciprocal reading for pleasure in online and offline reading communities (2021)
Kucirkova, Natalia and Cremin, Teresa
In : UKLA International Conference (2-4 Jul 2021, Online)


Peering out the children’s literature window into children’s engagement with multimedia texts (2021)
Kucirkova, Natalia and Cremin, Teresa
In : International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature International Conference (23-26 Jun 2021, Online)


Towards truly transformative technology-enhanced education (2015-06-09)
Kucirkova, Natalia
In : Using Technology in Education (09 Jun 2015, London) (pp. 75-77)


Parents' and Childrens' Engagement When Sharing Personalised Books (2011-01-05)
Kucirkova, Natalia
mres thesis The Open University


The Educational Power—and the Limits—of Personalized Children’s Books (2021-09-21)
Kucirkova, Natalia
Scientific American


The Digitized and Quantified "You": Where Is Our Agency? (2021-05-21)
Kucirkova, Natalia
Psychology Today


What is next for children who grew up with the personalisation revolution? (2021)
Kucirkova, Natalia
London School of Economics (LSE)


Why Fathers Who Read to Their Children Are the Coolest (2020-12-17)
Kucirkova, Natalia
Psychology Today


Next Time We Zoom, Show Me Your Hands (2020-09-09)
Kucirkova, Natalia
Psychology Today


A Time Without Touch Is an Opportunity to Rethink Its Place (2020-07)
Kucirkova, Natalia
Psychology Today


The silver lining in corona times: video-call shared reading with children (2020-06-03)
Kucirkova, Natalia and Hoel, Trude
London School of Economics (LSE)


And a Selfie Must Follow, as the Night the Day (2020-05-14)
Kucirkova, Natalia
Psychology Today


Digital Shadows Remain Even if You Can't See Them (2020)
Kucirkova, Natalia
Psychology Today


How can digital library systems help teachers support-children's reading for pleasure (2017-10-09)
Kucirkova, Natalia and Cremin, Teresa
IOE London Blog, UCL, London.


Evaluation Report of MakeBelieve Arts Helicopter Technique of Storytelling and Storyacting (2013-07-14)
Cremin, Teresa; Swann, Joan; Flewitt, Rosie; Faulkner, Dorothy and Kucirkova, Natalia
MakeBelieveArts/The Open University