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How young children’s play is shaped through common iPad applications: a study of 2 and 4–5 year-olds
Uppsala universitet, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8110-6506
UCL Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, University College London, London, UK.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5092-1663
UCL Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, University College London, London, UK.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2971-984X
2022 (English)In: Learning, Media & Technology, ISSN 1743-9884, E-ISSN 1743-9892, p. 1-19Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Digital devices such as iPads are prevalent in children’s play from an early age. How this shapes young children’s play is an area of considerable debate without any clear consensus on how different forms of play are brought into the iPad interaction. In this study, we examined 98 play activities of children in two preschool settings, featuring 2 and 4–5-year-olds, their play with iPads and non-digital artefacts. Three analytical approaches were used: an index built on a digital play framework (Bird, Jo, and Susan Edwards. 2015), a quantitative description of the index, and a qualitative interaction analysis of children’s play. Results show how play with iPads is characterised as less ludic than play with other artefacts, and diverges from the age-typical norms of play. We discuss what these results might mean for children’s play in contemporary early childhood settings and for children’s learning.

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2022. p. 1-19
Keywords [en]
ipad, learning, play, screen, child development, child-computer interaction
Keywords [sv]
ipad, lärande, lek, barn, digitalisering
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Educational Sciences Learning Media Engineering Interaction Technologies
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Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-66199DOI: 10.1080/17439884.2022.2141252ISI: 000878527400001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85141391050OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-66199DiVA, id: diva2:1843314
Available from: 2022-11-09 Created: 2024-03-08 Last updated: 2024-04-09Bibliographically approved

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