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Personalisation: A theoretical possibility to reinvigorate children's interest in storybook reading and facilitate greater book diversity

Kucirkova, N; (2016) Personalisation: A theoretical possibility to reinvigorate children's interest in storybook reading and facilitate greater book diversity. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood , 17 (3) pp. 304-316. 10.1177/1463949116660950. Green open access

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Abstract

Since the early 2010s, there has been a proliferation of new platforms for children’s stories (e.g. storybook apps or iBooks), but not necessarily greater diversity of story content or children’s greater interest in reading. This article argues for a new approach to address the apparent paradox of a wider availability of children’s literature combined with children’s eroded reading interest. The issue is suggested to be addressed by considering the agency and aesthetic dimensions which lie at the heart of personalisation theory. Translating agency into reading practice means establishing children’s early authoring, which can result in an eclectic approach to content and increased reading motivation, as long as children’s aesthetic choices are fully supported. However, it is also argued that early authoring should not be conflated with achieving an overly child-centred literature, which would ignore the reciprocity dimension of community and society relations. Digital book-making is suggested to offer original concepts which might provide an alternative approach for future work in the area of early authoring.

Type: Article
Title: Personalisation: A theoretical possibility to reinvigorate children's interest in storybook reading and facilitate greater book diversity
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1463949116660950
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1463949116660950
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author(s) 2016. Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav
Keywords: Apps, early authoring, e-books, personalisation, reading for pleasure, reciprocity
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
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/1536743
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