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Title: Observing and assessing young children's digital play in the early years: Using the Digital Play Framework
Contributor(s): Edwards, Susan (author); Bird, Jo  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2017
DOI: 10.1177/1476718x15579746
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Abstract: Early childhood education settings are characterized by the use of play-based learning and the assessment of children's play by teachers to promote further learning. A problem with technology use in early childhood settings is that little is known about how children learn to use technologies through play. This lack of knowledge makes it difficult for teachers to observe and assess how young children in their settings are learning to use technologies. In this article, we report on the use of a new framework we have previously developed to help educators observe and assess young children's learning to use technologies through play. Known as the Digital Play Framework, the framework draws on Vygotsky's ideas about tool mediation to position technologies as tools that children learn to master according to Hutt's conceptualization of epistemic and ludic play. We suggest that the Digital Play Framework holds potential for supporting educators to identify children's learning to use technologies through play and therefore opportunities for extending the provision of play-based technology education in the early years.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Early Childhood Research, 15(2), p. 158-173
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1741-2927
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 390302 Early childhood education
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 280109 Expanding knowledge in education
280114 Expanding knowledge in Indigenous studies
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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