Digital Play in Early Childhood: What’s the Problem?
Publication Year: 2020
Critically examining the fears that commonly surround young children's play involving digital technologies, this book seeks to address each of the negatives and present the positive possibilities of technology when it comes to early childhood. Using observations of children in play and cutting-edge research, this book will empower students and build their confidence so that they are able to challenge perceptions and think creatively about how they can use technology. Each chapter includes case studies, research spotlights, activities and annotated further reading to help students develop their critical thinking, deepen their research and connect theory with practice.
- Front Matter
- Back Matter
- Subject Index
- Chapter 1: Introduction
- Chapter 2: Digital Technologies and Social Interaction
- Chapter 3: Physical Engagement and Sensory Experience in Digital Play
- Chapter 4: Digital Technologies and Outdoor Play
- Chapter 5: Imagination and Creativity in Digital Environments
- Chapter 6: Digital Play and Media Literacy
- Chapter 7: Managing Attention in Digital Environments
- Chapter 8: Digital Play and a Child’s Sense of Self
- Chapter 9: Digital Play in Context
- Chapter 10: Conclusion
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First published 2020
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About the Author
This book involves close observation of children engaging in digital play in a range of settings, including nurseries, schools and the family home. The book therefore wouldn’t have been possible without the kind participation of the children, their parents and caregivers, and in some cases, their teachers in the research from which these observations arose. So my first set of thanks must be given to all of the children who feature in the book and all of the adults who have enabled these children to participate in the research. Thank you so much for making this book possible!
I am grateful to all my students at Middlesex University. Your interest in children’s digital play – and your willingness to grapple with the implications of contemporary society for children’s everyday lives – is the main inspiration underpinning this book. As I wrote the book, my students were constantly in my mind and my greatest hope is that the book feels relevant, interesting and accessible to them.
I also want to express my gratitude to my colleagues at Middlesex University, particularly those in the Education Department, and within this, all the staff teaching on BA Early Childhood Studies and BA Education Studies. I am so incredibly lucky to be part of such a supportive and all-round lovely team! I am in awe of the expertise and dedication of those surrounding me in a professional context, and it is a pleasure to write a book such as this amidst such a wonderful group of individuals.
Finally, I am – as always – indebted to my family and wish to express that here. I am indebted to my parents’ encouragement, my husband Tom’s unwavering support and the brilliance of our children Leyla and Ishmael (who turn up every so often among the pages of this book).[Page x]
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