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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Digital technologies, play and learning
Authors: Stephen, Christine
Plowman, Lydia
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Keywords: Preschool children
play with digital technologies
learning with digital technologies
family context
Issue Date: Dec-2013
Publisher: NZCER
Citation: Stephen C & Plowman L (2013) Digital technologies, play and learning, Early Childhood Folio, 17 (2), pp. 3-8.
Abstract: This paper gives an account of the findings of a series of qualitative research studies which explored the technologies with which children aged 3-5 years old play, the forms of learning related to these activities and the conditions which shaped their experiences with digital resources. Three forms of learning were observed in educational settings and an additional form identified when children engaged with technologies at home. However, the proactive support of adults was identified as crucial if children were to have the kind of positive encounters with technology which support learning. We found no evidence that playing with technologies dominated the everyday experience of young children but their individual preferences, the attitudes of their parents towards technologies and ways of learning and their family practices all make a difference to what is played and the opportunities for learning.
Type: Journal Article
Rights: The publisher has granted permission for use of this work in this Repository. Published in Early Childhood Folio (2013), Volume 17, Number 2, pp.3-8. Note: This is the author's version of the article. The published version of this article is available at:
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