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Digital Play in Early Childhood

Digital Play in Early Childhood
What's the Problem?

October 2019 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Critically examining the fears that commonly surround young children's play involving digital technologies, this book seeks to address each of the negatives and present the positive possibilities of technology when it comes to early childhood. Using observations of children in play and cutting-edge research, this book will empower students and build their confidence so that they are able to challenge perceptions and think creatively about how they can use technology. Each chapter includes case studies, research spotlights, activities and annotated further reading to help students develop their critical thinking, deepen their research and connect theory with practice.
Chapter 1: Digital Technologies and Social Interaction
Chapter 2: Physical Engagement with Digital Technologies
Chapter 3: Imagination in Digital Environments
Chapter 4: Information Literacy as part of Digital Play
Chapter 5: Managing Attention in Digital Environments
Chapter 6: Outdoor Play with Digital Technologies
Chapter 7: Digital Technologies and Sensory Experience
Chapter 8: Sense of Self in Digital Play
Chapter 9: Digital Play in Context

This book offers a challenging insight into the role of technology in the lives of young children.  It presents balanced perspectives on a wide range of cutting edge issues and supports the reader in deepening their understanding through reflection and selected international research.

Jill Dunn
Stranmillis University College

This is an innovative, timely publication that will appeal to students with an interest in Early Childhood Education. It explores issues surrounding digital play through theoretical ideas, research studies and engaging, authentic examples. Readers are invited to carry out reflective activities, with reference to their experience. I thoroughly recommend this book.

Janice Watson

I did not recieve this book to be able to consider it.

Mrs Lauren Whale
Faculty of Education & Health, Greenwich University
March 8, 2021

I was looking for a book which embraced new directions in play and this fitted the bill. Easy to read. Great for 2nd year module on play

Mrs Victoria Brown
Primary Education Dept, University of St Mark And St John
June 12, 2020

A really useful text that reflects the current nature of play.

Ms Cheryl Anthony
Cardiff School of Education, Cardiff Metropolitan University
February 8, 2021

Mona Sakr

Mona Sakr is lecturer in education and early childhood with a special interest in children’s art-making, play, and pedagogy. She joined Middlesex University in 2014 from the Institute of Education, where she was a research officer on a project looking at embodiment in digital learning environments. She earned her PhD in Education and Psychology from Oxford Brookes University, with a thesis which focused on children’s digital art-making practices and the integration of digital art-making into the early years classroom. More About Author

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