Young Children’s Digital Literacy Practices in the Sociocultural Contexts of their Homes

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Kumpulainen , K , Sairanen , H & Nordström , A 2020 , ' Young Children’s Digital Literacy Practices in the Sociocultural Contexts of their Homes ' , Journal of Early Childhood Literacy , vol. 20 , no. 3 , 1468798420925116 , pp. 472-499 . https://doi.org/10.1177/1468798420925116

Title: Young Children’s Digital Literacy Practices in the Sociocultural Contexts of their Homes
Author: Kumpulainen, Kristiina; Sairanen, Heidi; Nordström, Alexandra
Contributor organization: Learning, Culture & Interventions (LECI)
Department of Education
Date: 2020-09
Language: eng
Number of pages: 28
Belongs to series: Journal of Early Childhood Literacy
ISSN: 1468-7984
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1468798420925116
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/320626
Abstract: This socioculturally framed case study investigates the digital literacy practices of two young children in their homes in Finland. The aim is to generate new knowledge about children's digital literacy practices embedded in their family lives and to consider how these practices relate to their emergent literacy learning opportunities. The study asks two questions, 'How do digital technologies and media inform the daily lives of children in their homes? Moreover, how do the sociocultural contexts of homes mediate children's digital literacy practices across operational, cultural, critical and creative dimensions of literacy?' The empirical data collection drew on the 'day-in-the-life' methodology, using a combination of video recordings, photographs, observational field notes and parent interviews. The data were subjected to thematic analysis following an ethnographic logic of enquiry. The findings make visible how children's digital literacy practices are intertwined in families' everyday activities, guided by parental rules and values. The study demonstrates children's operational, cultural and creative digital literacy practices. The study also points out the need for more attention to children's critical engagement in their digital literacy practices.
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
Young children
home
digital literacy practices
sociocultural approach
qualitative research
PLAY
PRESCHOOL
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: publishedVersion


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