“Let’s see if you can see me”: Making connections with Google Earth™ in a preschool classroom

Danby, Susan J., Davidson, Christina, Ekberg, Stuart, Breathnach, Helen, & Thorpe, Karen J. (2016) “Let’s see if you can see me”: Making connections with Google Earth™ in a preschool classroom. Children's Geographies, 14(2), pp. 141-157.

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Abstract

Bringing a social interaction approach to children’s geographies to investigate how children accomplish place in everyday lives, we draw on ethnomethodological and conversation analytic approaches that recognize children’s competence to manipulate their social and digital worlds. An investigation of preschool-aged children engaged with Google Earth™ shows how they both claimed and displayed technological understandings and practices such as maneuvering the mouse and screen, and referenced place through relationships with local landmarks and familiar settings such as their school. At times, the children’s competing agendas required orientation to each other’s ideas, and shared negotiation to come to resolution. A focus on children’s use of digital technologies as they make meaning of the world around them makes possible new understandings of place within the geographies of childhood and education.

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ID Code: 92555
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1080/14733285.2015.1126231
ISSN: 1473-3277
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) > Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics (200401)
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 & Inclusive Education
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 02 Feb 2016 00:06
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2016 02:18

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