Investigating young children’s social interactions during digital play

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Disney, Leigh and Geng, Gretchen. (2021). Investigating young children’s social interactions during digital play. Early Childhood Education Journal. pp. 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10643-021-01275-1
AuthorsDisney, Leigh and Geng, Gretchen
Abstract

In digital play, social interactions have aroused much debate among early childhood stakeholders, particularly in the areas of young children’s social learning and their domains of development. The main concern of early childhood educators is the limits of children’s social interactions occurring in digital play. This study used a four-week semi-structured field observation of eighty 3–4-year-old children within three Australian childcare centres to investigate children’s social interaction whilst involved in digital play using iPads. Seven different forms of social interactions were identified during children’s digital play. Furthermore, it was found that although children showed high levels of engagement during digital play, only observing others does not always impact children’s engagement during digital play. Rather self-reflection influences how children engage and choose their own course of action within digital play. Early childhood educators and parents may find this paper useful in understanding various children’s social interactions during their digital play to program effective, appropriate and meaningful experiences for young children.

Keywordssocial learning; digital play; social interactions; social behaviours
Year2021
JournalEarly Childhood Education Journal
Journal citationpp. 1-11
PublisherSpringer Nature B.V.
ISSN1082-3301
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s10643-021-01275-1
PubMed ID34690483
PubMed Central IDPMC8520687
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Page range1-11
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Online17 Oct 2021
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Accepted02 Oct 2021
Deposited15 Dec 2021
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