Producing contexts for young children’s digital technology use: Web searching during adult-child interactions at home and preschool

Christina Davidson, Susan Danby, Lisa Given, Karen Thorpe

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This chapter examines a young child’s use of digital technologies to search the Web at home and at preschool. Conversation analysis of social interactions that occurred during the Web searching informs our consideration of similarities and differences evident between the child’s digital activities in the two settings. The comparison establishes that the child’s social interaction with adults at home and at preschool situated him rather differently and, consequently, that different opportunities for digital technology use were produced. Our findings highlight the necessity for young children to participate effectively in the varying practices with digital technology that homes and preschools may provide.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital childhoods
Subtitle of host publicationTechnologies and children’s everyday lives
EditorsS. Danby, M. Fleer, C. Davidson, M. Hatzigianni
Place of PublicationSingapore
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9789811064845
ISBN (Print)9789811064838
Publication statusPublished - 04 Apr 2018

Publication series

NameInternational Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Development

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