Abigail Hackett

Research Fellow (ESRI)

Manchester Metropolitan University

I am a Research Fellow at ESRI, where I write and research young children’s literacy practices, with a particular interest in the role of place, materiality and the body in young children’s lives. My work is located mostly in communities, and non-formal learning spaces. With a background in museums, I have expertise in young children’s experiences of museum spaces. I am a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow (2017-2020). My project is entitled "The emergence of literacy in very young children: place and materiality in a more-than-human world." Working ethnographically in community settings in Northern England, I will investigate the role of place, materiality and the body in the emergence of literacy in young children between the ages of 12 and 36 months.

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