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Digital personalisation

Personalized and data-based education

Peer reviewed research articles

Kucirkova, N., Gerard, L. & Linn, M. (2021) Designing personalised instruction: A research and design framework, iBritish Journal of Educational Technology,

Kucirkova, N. and Mackey, M. (2020) ‘Digital literacies and children’s personalized books: Locating the “self”’. London Review of Education, 18 (2), 151–162.

Kucirkova . N. (2019). The Learning Value of Personalization in Children’s Reading Recommendation Systems, International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 11(4).

Kucirkova, N. (2018) A taxonomy and research framework for personalization in children’s literacy apps, Educational Media International, Vol55 (3), 255-272.

Kucirkova, N. & Flewitt, R. (2018) The future-gazing potential of digital personalisation in young children’s reading: views from education professionals and app designers, Early Child Development and Care. DOI:

Kucirkova, N. & Cremin, T. (2017) Personalised reading for pleasure with digital libraries: Towards a pedagogy of practice and design, Cambridge Journal of Education, doi:


Kucirkova, N., & Littleton, K. (2017). Developing personalised education for personal mobile technologies with the pluralisation agenda. Oxford Review of Education, 1-13.

FitzGerald, E., Kucirkova, N., Jones, A., Cross, S., Ferguson, R., Herodotou, C., Garron, H. & Scanlon, E. (2017). Dimensions of personalisation in technology-enhanced learning: a framework and implications for design. British Journal of Educational Technology, published online before print, DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12534

Kucirkova, N. (2016) Personalisation: a theoretical possibility to reinvigorate children’s interest in storybook reading and facilitate greater book diversity, Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 17 (3), 1-16, DOI: 10.1177/1463949116660950

Kucirkova, N., Messer, D., & Sheehy, K. (2014) Reading personalized books with preschool children enhances their word acquisition, First Language, 34, 3, 227-243.

Kucirkova, N., Messer, D., & Sheehy, K. (2014) The effects of personalization on young children's spontaneous speech during shared book reading, Journal of Pragmatics, 71, 45–55, doi:

Kucirkova, N. and Tompkins, V. (2014) Personalization in Mother–Child Emotion Talk Across Three Contexts, Infant and Child Development, 23 (2), 153–169.

Kucirkova, N., Messer, D. and Whitelock, D (2012) Parents reading with their toddlers: The role of personalization in book engagement , Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 13, 4, 445-470.

Kucirkova, N., Messer, D. and Whitelock, D. (2010) Sharing personalised books: a practical solution to the challenges posed by home book reading interventions, tLiteracy Information and Computer Education, Journal (LICEJ), Volume 1, Issue 1.



Book chapters:

Kucirkova, N.  & Sakr, M. (2016) Digital Technologies, Children's Learning and the Affective Dimensions of Family Relationships in the Home,  In Samantha Punch, Robert M. Vanderbeck and Tracey Skelton (Eds), Families, Intergenerationality, and Peer Group Relations, Springer (1-21).


Kucirkova, N., Messer, D. & Sheehy, K. (2016) Implementing “The Our Story app” to increase children’s narrative skills: Lessons learnt from one English pre-school classroom.  In Edy Veneziano and Ageliki Nicolopoulou (Eds.) Narrative Literacy and other skills: Studies in interventions. John Benjamins.


Sakr, M. & Kucirkova, N. (2016) Making the ‘here’ and ‘now’:  Rethinking children’s digital photography with Deleuzian concepts, In Abi Hackett and Lisa Procter and Julie Seymour (eds), Children’s Spatialities. Embodiment, emotions, and agency, (pp.54-74). Palgrave Macmillan.

Kucirkova, N (2012) Our Story-an app for creating digital picture books. In Brinkmann, E & Valtin, R.    (eds) Reading and writing learning with digital media, (pp. 92-102), DGS: Berlin.

Articles on children's use of digital media more broadly

Kucirkova, N. Evertsen-Stanghelle, C., Studsrød, I., Jensen, I. B., & Størksen, I. (2020). Lessons for child-computer interaction studies following the research challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic. International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction, 100203.

Vasalou, A., Kalantari, S., Kucirkova, N., & Vezzoli, Y. (2020). Designing for oral storytelling practices at home: A parental perspective. International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction, 100214.

Vezzoli, Y., Kalantari, S., Kucirkova, N., Vasalou, M. (2020). Exploring the design space for parent-child reading. In Proceedings of the CHI2020 Conference of Human Factors in Computing Systems.

Kucirkova, N. (2019) Children’s agency by design: Design parameters for personalization in story-making apps, International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction, DOI:10.1016/j.ijcci.2019.06.003

Kucirkova, N., Wells Rowe, D., Oliver, L., Piestrzynski, L.E, (2019) Systematic Review of Young Children’s Writing on Screen: What do we know and what do we need to know, Literacy, in press.

Huibers, T., Fails, J. A., Kucirkova, N., Landoni, M., Murgia, E., & Pera, M. S. (2019). 3rd KidRec workshop: What does good look like?. In Proceedings of the 18th ACM International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2019 (pp. 681-688). Boise, ID, USA: ACM. doi:10.1145/3311927.3325162; KidRec initiative:

Kucirkova, N. & Falloon, G. (2018) iPad Apps and Visual Methodologies: Empirical and ethical issues in achieving authentic data, Research in Learning Technology, 26,

Gillen, J. & Kucirkova, N. (2018) Percolating spaces: creative ways of using digital technologies to connect young children's school and home lives, British Journal of Educational Technology.

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