Young Children Playing and Learning in a Digital Age explores the emergence of the digital age and young children’s experiences with digital technologies at home and in educational environments.
Drawing on theory and research-based evidence, this book makes an important contribution to understanding the contemporary experiences of young children in the digital age. It argues that a cultural and critically informed perspective allows educators, policy-makers and parents to make sense of children’s digital experiences as they play and learn, enabling informed decision-making about future early years curriculum and practices at home and in early learning and care settings.
An essential read for researchers, students, policy-makers and professionals working with children today, this book draws attention to the evolution of digital developments and the relationship between contemporary technologies, play and learning in the early years.
"consideration of current digital technologies and the acknowledgment of [how] these are used by, and impact on the experiences of young children, their families and educators will make a particularly valuable resource."
Sue Dockett, Professor of Early Childhood Education, Charles Sturt University, Australia.
"a comprehensive analysis of key topics that are both troubling and inspiring, [this book] would seem to have a strong practical use."
Linda Mitchell, Associate Professor, University of Waikato.
Foreword Acknowledgements CHAPTER ONE: TOWARDS A NEW KNOWLEDGE PERSPECTIVE Part I: The Evolution of the Digital AgeCHAPTER TWO: A HISTORY OF KNOWLEDGE TRANSFORMATIONS AND TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONCHAPTER THREE: A COMMUNICATION EVOLUTION – THE INTERNET, WORLD WIDE WEB AND PARTICIPATORY MEDIA Part II: Play and LearningCHAPTER FOUR: LEARNING AND TECHNOLOGIESCHAPTER FIVE: DIGITAL PLAYPart III: Children and TechnologiesCHAPTER SIX: DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY USE AND UPTAKE BY YOUNG CHILDRENCHAPTER SEVEN: MORAL PANIC – SOCIAL AND CULTURAL VALUESCHAPTER EIGHT: CHILDREN, FAMILIES AND TECHNOLOGIESCHAPTER NINE: TOWARDS A CULTURAL AND CRITICAL PERSPECTIVE ON PLAYING AND LEARNING IN THE DIGITAL AGE
Written in association with the European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA), titles in this series will reflect the latest developments and most current research and practice in early childhood education on a global level. Feeding into and supporting the further development of the discipline as an exciting and urgent field of research and high academic endeavour, the series carries a particular focus on knowledge and reflection, which has huge relevance and topicality for those at the front line of decision making and professional practice.
Rather than following a linear approach of research to practice, this series offers a unique fusion of research, theoretical, conceptual and philosophical perspectives, values and ethics, and professional practice, which has been termed ‘Ethical Praxis’.