Lessons from using iPads to understand young children's creativity

Lorna Arnott, Deirdre Grogan, Pauline Duncan

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This paper explores how iPads can be used as part of a child-centred data collection approach to understanding young children’s creativity. Evidence is presented from a pilot study about 3- to 5-year-old children’s creative play. Researchers’ reflective accounts of children’s engagement with iPad video diaries and free to use apps were logged across two early educational settings over a three-month period. Findings suggest that iPads offer a mechanism to allow children to express their creative play and to encourage involvement in the research process. However, bespoke research software to use with early years children is required to improve this process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-173
Number of pages17
JournalContemporary Issues in Early Childhood
Issue number2
Early online date30 Mar 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016


  • creative play
  • iPads
  • video diaries
  • early years research
  • child-centred data collection

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