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Digital Childhoods Technologies and Children's Everyday Lives

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 04.06.2018
  • Verlag: Springer-Verlag
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Digital Childhoods

This book highlights the multiple ways that digital technologies are being used in everyday contexts at home and school, in communities, and across diverse activities, from play to web searching, to talking to family members who are far away. The book helps readers understand the diverse practices employed as children make connections with digital technologies in their everyday experiences. In addition, the book employs a framework that helps readers easily access major themes at a glance, and also showcases the diversity of ideas and theorisations that underpin the respective chapters. In this way, each chapter stands alone in making a specific contribution and, at the same time, makes explicit its connections to the broader themes of digital technologies in children's everyday lives. The concept of digital childho od presented here goes beyond a sociological reading of the everyday lives of children and their families, and reflects the various contexts in which children engage, such as preschools and childcare centres. Susan Danby is a Professor of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. She researches social interaction and communication in institutional contexts that include educational and family settings, helplines and clinical contexts. Recent projects include investigating how young children engage with digital technologies in home and school. Marilyn Fleer holds the Foundation Chair of Early Childhood Education at Monash University, Australia, and is the immediate past President of the International Society for Cultural Activity Research (ISCAR). Her research interests focus on early years learning and development, with special attention to pedagogy, culture, science, and design and technology. Christina Davidson is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Education, Charles Sturt University. Her research focuses on the social aspects of young children's activities at home, preschool and in the early years of formal schooling. Dr Davidson employs ethnomethodology/conversation analysis and mostly works with other conversation analysts to investigate the social interactions that shape young children's online activity. Maria Hatzigianni is a Lecturer in Early Childhood and Primary Education at Macquarie University. She worked as a kindergarten teacher and director in Australia and Greece for more than 15 years (1996-2012). Her main research interests include: integrating technology in early childhood and primary education; training early childhood and primary teachers in new technologies; bilingual and multicultural education; and social justice in education. She is currently investigating the use of new technologies with very young children (under 3 years of age).

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