Playing with Technology: Young Children Making Sense of Technology as Part of Their Everyday Social Worlds
Danby, Susan, Davidson, Christina, Theobald, Maryanne, Houen, Sandra, & Thorpe, Karen (2015) Playing with Technology: Young Children Making Sense of Technology as Part of Their Everyday Social Worlds. In Pike, Deborah, Lynch, Sandra, & a'Beckett, Cynthia (Eds.) Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Play: From Birth to Beyond. Springer, New York. (In Press)
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Games and activities, often involving aspects of pretence and fantasy play, are an essential aspect of everyday preschool life for many young children. Young children’s spontaneous play activities can be understood as social life in action. Increasingly, young children’s games and activities involve their engagement in pretence using play props to represent computers, laptops and other pieces of technology equipment. In this way, pretend play becomes a context for engaging with matters from the real world. There are a number of studies investigating school-aged children engaging in gaming and other online activities, but less is known about what young children are doing with online technologies. Drawing on Australian Research Council funded research of children engaging with technologies at home and school, this chapter investigates how young children use technologies in everyday life by showing how they draw on props, both real or imaginary, to support their play activities. An ethnomethodological approach using conversation analysis is used to explore how children’s gestures, gaze and talk work to introduce ideas and activities. This chapter contributes to understandings of how children’s play intersects with technologies and pretend play.
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|Item Type:||Book Chapter|
|Keywords:||preschool, home, family, play, digital technologies, conversation analysis, early childhood|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LINGUISTICS (200400) > Discourse and Pragmatics (200403)
|Divisions:||Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2015 Springer|
|Deposited On:||13 Jul 2015 23:14|
|Last Modified:||20 Aug 2016 17:43|
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