Subject Seminar: Social Sciences

All are welcome to join us for this seminar entitled, Digital Technologies the Lives and Learning of Young People, which will be given by Lisbeth M Brevik and Chris Davies.

Lisbeth will give a talk entitled, ‘The Gamer, the Surfer and the Social Media User: New Research Developments with English L2 Readers’. The talk will address adolescent readers as individuals in order to explain variance in L2 reading models and theories (Bernhardt, 2011). Brevik collected data on L2 reading from secondary school students across Norway; investigating a group of students labelled “outliers” due to their extreme scores on national reading tests. The study specifically addresses the characteristics of the outliers as good L2 readers but poor L1 readers, and identified three learner profiles; the gamer, the surfer, and the social media user. This research has implications for reading instruction in countries where English is an additional language, and where English is the majority language (e.g, US, UK).

Chris will talk about his work and research in the role of schools in enabling children and young people to make effective and appropriate use of digital technologies. A wide range of agencies have an interest in helping children and young people to cope with the risks and benefits of digital technologies, especially with regards to issues of safety online, participating in social media, and supporting their own formal and informal learning. The role of schools in this respect is unclear and, as this paper will argue, seriously underdeveloped. Considering findings from his own research and other current work in the field, Chris Davies will examine the extent to which schools might move beyond a limited emphasis on digital technologies as utilitarian tools for learning, in order to help children and young people to develop the skills and understandings necessary for becoming active and responsible participants in a digital world.

Refreshments will be served from 17:00. The seminar will begin at 17:30. The venue is the Mawby Room, which can be accessed via Kellogg College’s main entrance.

This talk is free and open to all. Booking is required. Book via Eventbrite

Please note that if you wish to attend the Guest Night Dinner following this event, booking is required. To attend the Guest Night Dinner please email no later than noon on Tuesday 6th February and, when booking, mention that you have an interest in Social Sciences so that you can be seated with students and Fellows who share this interest. Places at Guest Night Dinners are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability.


Lisbeth M Brevik is an Associate Professor at the University of Oslo, Norway, where she leads the research project Vocational and General Students’ Use of English (VOGUE) and coordinating a video research project Linking Instruction and Student Experiences (LISE). Lisbeth is a supervisor for DPhil candidates and MA students, give lectures to full time and part time teacher candidates, and professional development courses to teachers across Norway. Her research interests focus on language learning and quality instruction at the university level, and in secondary schools, and out of school. Lisbeth is a Common Room member of Kellogg College.

Chris Davies is an Emeritus Fellow of Kellogg College. Previously he was Co-ordinator of the Learning and New Technologies Research Group at the University of Oxford Department of Education, and Director of the Kellogg College Centre for Research into Assistive Technologies.