Preschool children’s learning with technology at home

Lydia Plowman, Olivia Stevenson, Christine Stephen, Joanna McPake

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We produced case studies of fourteen families based on nine rounds of data collection during the period from June 2008 to October 2009. We focused on fourteen children who were three years old when our visits started and used an ecocultural approach to examine their experiences of learning and playing with technologies at home. The study describes i) which technologies children encounter at home, ii) how family practices influence children's encounters with technology, and iii) what children are learning through their interactions with technology. We present a framework of four areas of learning that could be supported by technology: acquiring operational skills, extending knowledge and understanding of the world, developing dispositions to learn, and understanding the role of technology in everyday life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-37
Number of pages8
JournalComputers & Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012


  • childrens technology
  • learning
  • child education
  • preschool
  • family
  • toys
  • technology


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