1st Edition

Nordic Childhoods in the Digital Age Insights into Contemporary Research on Communication, Learning and Education

    242 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    242 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book adds to the international research literature on contemporary Nordic childhoods in the context of fast-evolving technologies. It draws on the workshop program of the Nordic Research Network on Digital Childhoods funded by the Joint Committee for Nordic research councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS) during the years 2019–2021. Bringing together researchers from Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland, the book addresses pressing issues around children’s communication, learning and education in the digital age.

    The volume sheds light on cultural values, educational policies and conceptions of children and childhood, and child–media relationships inherent in Nordic societies. The book argues for the importance of understanding local cultures, values and communication practices that make up contemporary digital childhoods and extends current discourses on children’s screen time to bring in new insights about the nature of children’s digital engagement.

    This book will appeal to researchers, graduate students, educators and policy makers in the fields of childhood education, educational technology and communication.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

    List of tables and excerpts

    List of figures

    List of contributors


    Chapter 1. Introduction

    Kristiina Kumpulainen, Anu Kajamaa, Ola Erstad, Åsa Mäkitalo, Kirsten Drotner, and Sólveig Jakobsdóttir


    Chapter 2. Child development in a digital age: epistemic practices in media societies

    Roger Säljö

    Chapter 3. Nordic children, media, and technologies: a contested ensemble

    Kirsten Drotner

    Chapter 4. Transformations and unresolved tensions: children, school, and technology

    Ola Erstad and Kenneth Silseth

    Chapter 5. Bridging dichotomies between children, nature, and digital technologies

    Kristiina Kumpulainen


    Chapter 6. Young children initiating and negotiating their digital literacy practices in their homes

    Heidi Sairanen, Kristiina Kumpulainen, Alexandra Nordström, and Anu Kajamaa

    Chapter 7. Digital storymaking: a powerful pedagogic approach in the Swedish preschool class

    Ewa Skantz-Åberg & Annika Lantz-Andersson

    Chapter 8. Digital language contact between Icelandic and English

    Dagbjört Guðmundsdóttir, Sigríður Sigurjónsdóttir, and Iris Nowenstein

    Chapter 9. Ideation, playful learning, and making in a Minecraft Virtual Learning Makerspace

    Skúlína Hlíf Kjartansdóttir and Gisli Thorsteinsson

    Chapter 10. Guns and dolls: preschool children’s (im)material Christmas list activities

    Malin Nilsen and Mona Lundin

    Chapter 11. Finnish teachers’ leadership narratives in a school’s makerspace

    Jasmiina Leskinen, Kristiina Kumpulainen, and Anu Kajamaa 


    Chapter 12. Young activists: engaging with global climate change in a networked society

    Anne Solli and Åsa Mäkitalo

    Chapter 13. ‘I could smell the sound of winter’: children’s aesthetic experiences in their local forest through digital storying

    Jenny Renlund, Kristiina Kumpulainen, Jenny Byman, and Chin-Chin Wong

    Chapter 14. I hate little bits: the collaborative construction of children’s creative making in a public library makerspace

    Gro Skåland

    Chapter 15. Making digital play work: Danish children’s playful and creative production with digital media

    Thomas Enemark Lundtofte, Ane Bjerre Odgaard, and Kirsten Drotner

    Chapter 16. Rethinking boundaries: sociomaterial perspectives on digital technologies and early childhoods

    Kenneth Pettersen, Kenneth Silseth, and Hans Christian Arnseth


    Chapter 17. Digital childhoods as nexus of practice

    Karen Wohlwend

    Chapter 18. Nordic childhoods and entertainment ‘supersystems’ in the digital age

    Michael Dezuanni

    Chapter 19. Ethical provocations for early childhood research

    Rosie Flewitt

    Chapter 20. Conclusions

    Kristiina Kumpulainen, Anu Kajamaa, Ola Erstad, Åsa Mäkitalo, Kirsten Drotner, and Sólveig Jakobsdóttir



    Kristiina Kumpulainen is Professor of Education and Lead of the Nordic Research Network on Digital Childhoods, University of Helsinki, Finland and Associate Professor of Education, Simon Fraser University, Canada.

    Anu Kajamaa is Professor of Education (Continuous Learning) at the Faculty of Education, University of Oulu, Finland.

    Ola Erstad is Professor at the Department of Education, University of Oslo, Norway.

    Åsa Mäkitalo is Professor of Education at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

    Kirsten Drotner is Professor Emerita of media studies at the University of Southern Denmark, Denmark.

    Sólveig Jakobsdóttir is a Professor at the School of Education, University of Iceland, Iceland.