Supporting young children as digital citizens : The importance of shared understandings of technology to support integration in play-based learning

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Johnston, Kelly, Highfield, Kate and Hadley, Fay. (2018). Supporting young children as digital citizens : The importance of shared understandings of technology to support integration in play-based learning. British Journal of Educational Technology. 49(5), pp. 896-910. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjet.12664
AuthorsJohnston, Kelly, Highfield, Kate and Hadley, Fay
Abstract

The ubiquity of technology in contemporary society positions it as a significant cultural tool in children’s lives. Definitions, conceptualisations and understandings of the relevance of technology are diverse which can hinder integration of technology in early learning settings. This paper presents findings from a doctoral research project that investigated Australian educator beliefs and practices in relation to technology integration within play-based curriculums for children aged three to five years. The key findings presented relate to creating connections and shared conceptualisations of technology between educators, families and directors of early learning services. Shared understandings of the sociocultural relevance of diverse technological tools were found to facilitate technology integration in the curriculum. Rogoff’s (1995) three planes of analysis were utilised to identify and understand the interplay between the personal, interpersonal and community levels of sociocultural activity. A significant implication is identification of the need for professional discussion, professional learning and critical reflection opportunities to extend educator understandings of technology as socially, culturally, and pedagogically relevant for young children. Sharing this knowledge in collaborative partnerships between educators, families and management can support children’s development as digital citizens.

Year2018
JournalBritish Journal of Educational Technology
Journal citation49 (5), pp. 896-910
PublisherWiley
ISSN0007-1013
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/bjet.12664
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85053204742
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Page range896-910
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Online11 Sep 2018
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Accepted22 May 2018
Deposited20 May 2022
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