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Cathy Burnett & Guy Merchant

In: The SAGE Handbook of Early Childhood Literacy

Chapter 32: Learning, Literacies and New Technologies: The Current Context and Future Possibilities

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Learning, Literacies and New Technologies: The Current Context and Future Possibilities
Learning, literacies and new technologies: The current context and future possibilities
CathyBurnett and GuyMerchant
Introduction

In its repeated questioning of models of natural development, childhood studies has increasingly turned attention to the ways in which social and cultural influences intervene from the very beginning (Gardner, 1991). Although interaction with adult caregivers and siblings may be of primary importance, early childhood is also very much concerned with the material artefacts to hand. To suggest that childhood is infused with technology may at first sound extreme, but when we consider the context of affluent and highly-digitized societies, it is not in fact an over-exaggeration of the current condition. Rather, digital technology must be factored in from the prenatal stage, ...

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