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How young children’s play is shaped through common iPad applications: a study of 2 and 4–5 year-olds

Samuelsson, Robin; Price, Sara; Jewitt, Carey; (2022) How young children’s play is shaped through common iPad applications: a study of 2 and 4–5 year-olds. Learning, Media and Technology 10.1080/17439884.2022.2141252. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

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. “Children Learning to Use Technologies Through Play: A Digital Play Framework.” British Journal of Educational Technology 46 (6): 1149–1160. doi:10.1111/bjet.12191 ], 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.

Type: Article
Title: How young children’s play is shaped through common iPad applications: a study of 2 and 4–5 year-olds
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/17439884.2022.2141252
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/17439884.2022.2141252
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http:// creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Keywords: Technology, play, digital play, early childhood, digital media
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10159819
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