Natalia Kucirkova

Professor, Norwegian Centre for Learning Environment and Behavioural Research, UiS

Natalia Kucirkova is Professor of Early Childhood Education and Development at the University of Stavanger, Norway and Senior Research Fellow at the University College London, UK. She researches personalisation in education and the ways in which new technologies shape children’s literacy. Natalia’s research takes place collaboratively across academia, commercial and third sectors. She has co-developed an award-winning MOOC “Childhood in the Digital Age”, an app forchildren’s story-making “Our Story” and professional development course forteachers “Children’s Reading on Screen”.

She is author of DigitalPersonalization in Early Childhood (Bloomsbury) and Howand Why to Read and Create Children's Digital Books (UCL Press). Shecurrently blogs for HuffingtonPost and PsychologyToday.

In her presentation, Natalia will talk about research on the benefits and limitations of personalised education.Personalisation motivates learners to take part in activities they might not want to or are not interested in. Motivation is great for capturing interest or fostering enjoyment of an activity. However, for long-lasting changes to understanding, learning needs to be both personalised and non-personalised. We need to individualize and diversify, personalise andpluralise. How can this be achieved in edtech design and teaching practice?