Composing an email: Social interaction in a preschool classroom

Susan Danby, Christina Davidson, Lisa M. Given, Karen Thorpe

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This chapter contributes understandings of digitally mediated mteract1ons m early childhood classrooms. Ethnomethodological and conversation analysis approaches are used to analyse a video-recorded episode of children and teacher composing an email in a preschool classroom. In their talk we find how the teacher directs the children to what counts procedurally, such as the components of an email, and the teacher's moral work m producing a culturally correct fom1 of personal communication. Such considerations of situated examples can encourage investigations of digital practices that extend beyond operational skills to broader understandings of digital practices as cultural and situated activities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnderstanding digital technologies and young children
Subtitle of host publicationAn international perspective
EditorsSusanne Garvis, Narelle Lemon
Place of PublicationAbingdon, UK
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781315753027
ISBN (Print)9781138804401
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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