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

ISBN 9780367702526
Published July 5, 2022 by Routledge
242 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

Table of Contents

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-Ã…berg & 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 Ã…sa 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


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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.