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Beyond borders: Digital tablets as a resource for preschool children's communication in a minority language.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
(English)In: Designs for Learning, ISSN 1654-7608Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
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Digital tablets, minority language use, Skype, preschool children, Design for Learning
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Didactics Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-265186OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-265186DiVA: diva2:865162
Available from: 2015-10-27 Created: 2015-10-23 Last updated: 2015-11-04
In thesis
1. Appar och agency: Barns interaktion med pekplattor i förskolan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Appar och agency: Barns interaktion med pekplattor i förskolan
2015 (Swedish)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This study explores young children's use of digital tablets in Swedish preschool environments, with special interest in how the use of digital tablets may affect children's agency. A multimodal, design theoretical approach was used, combined with sociology of childhood, to highlight the dynamics between children's agency and the affordances provided by the digital tablets. Two video ethnographic substudies were conducted within two separate preschool settings, including preschools where children use digital tablets to communicate in a minority language. In order to take into account as many modes of communication as possible, video recordings of children's use of the digital tablets was set side-by-side with screen recordings of the digital tablets. Major findings include how children's agency in digital tablet activities is intertwined with the different affordances, as emerging in the children's interaction with one another and the digital tablet. It was found that when affordances were built on visual, auditive and corporeal modes of communication, children's agency was enabled. Such affordances are in this study argued to be more, for the children, apt modes of communication for children to exert agency. Furthermore, it is argued that when children are given the possibility to communicate in their minority language, using for example Skype, this is a form of children's agency. The didactical implications and the societal potentials for children's use of digital tablets in preschools are discussed in relation to the creative skills individuals may need in an unknown future.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2015. 75 p.
Pedagogisk forskning i Uppsala, ISSN 0348-3630 ; 169
Digital tablets, preschool, children's agency, affordance, minority language, video ethnography, Design for Learning
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-265324 (URN)978-91-506-2480-9 (ISBN)
2015-10-09, Gunnar Johansson, von Kraemers Allé 1A, 752 37 Uppsala, Uppsala, 11:25 (Swedish)
Available from: 2015-11-04 Created: 2015-10-27 Last updated: 2015-11-05Bibliographically approved

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