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Dr Jen Aggleton

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer in Education Studies, Primary
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
  • Education
  • jen.aggleton

Professional biography

Before moving into academia Jen was a primary school teacher and a librarian. She spent several years as a Key Stage 2 teacher in Hampshire and Cambridgeshire, and has worked in both school and academic libraries. Jen joined the OU in July 2019, contributing specialisms in literacy, literature and culture to the Primary Education team. Prior to this she was a visiting lecturer at City, University of London, where she taught a module on 'Child and Adolescent Literature, Literacies, and Library Services'. 

Research interests

Jen's research interests centre around children's culture, and include children's cultural engagements and reader response, children's library collections, and visual texts. Her PhD research explored children's experiences of reading illustrated novels.  She has also published research on digital comics, and on children's involvement in the development of library collections. Jen conducts both theoretical and empirical research and is particularly interested in participatory forms of research which position children as co-researchers. 

Teaching interests

Jen contributes teaching on language and literacies to modules on the Primary Education course.

Impact and engagement

I worked with the British Library to develop a new web archive collection of British webcomics. The archive can be found at the link below. Please nominate any British webcomics you know of that aren't currently represented and help us to grow the archive!

https://www.webarchive.org.uk/en/ukwa/collection/1370

External collaborations

I am currently working on an AHRC funded Digital Children's Library Network, working with colleagues from the University of Cambridge, University of Florida, Anglia Ruskin University, and the University of Antwerp. For updates on the project please see our social media accounts:

Twitter: @LitDigi

Instagram: @DigiChildLit

Publications

Defining digital comics: a British Library perspective (2019)
Aggleton, Jen
Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics ((Early Access))
Where are the children in children’s collections? An exploration of ethical principles and practical concerns surrounding children’s participation in collection development (2018)
Aggleton, Jen
New Review of Children's Literature and Librarianship, 24(1) (pp. 1-17)
“What is the Use of a Book Without Pictures?” An Exploration of the Impact of Illustrations on Reading Experience in A Monster Calls (2017-09)
Aggleton, Jen
Children's Literature in Education, 48(3) (pp. 230-244)
Collecting and Preserving Digital Comics (2017-09-07)
Aggleton, Jen
The British Library, London.

News

New nursing apprenticeship to boost healthcare in prisons

A new nursing apprenticeship is set to boost healthcare in prisons and support healthcare assistants to carve out careers in one of the most challenging and rewarding sectors of healthcare.

12th September 2019
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