Digital technologies, play and learning


Stephen C & Plowman L (2013) Digital technologies, play and learning. Early Childhood Folio, 17 (2), pp. 3-8.

This paper gives an account of the findings of a series of qualitative research studies which explored the technologies with which children aged 3-5 years old play, the forms of learning related to these activities and the conditions which shaped their experiences with digital resources. Three forms of learning were observed in educational settings and an additional form identified when children engaged with technologies at home. However, the proactive support of adults was identified as crucial if children were to have the kind of positive encounters with technology which support learning. We found no evidence that playing with technologies dominated the everyday experience of young children but their individual preferences, the attitudes of their parents towards technologies and ways of learning and their family practices all make a difference to what is played and the opportunities for learning.

Preschool children; play with digital technologies; learning with digital technologies; family context

Early Childhood Folio: Volume 17, Issue 2

FundersEconomic and Social Research Council
Publication date31/12/2013
Publisher URL…lay-and-learning