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Title: Children's agency: Developing a digital app to voice family narratives
Contributor(s): Bird, Jo  (author)orcid ; Rogers, Marg  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2020
Early Online Version: 2020-08-17
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.3138/jmvfh-2019-0022Open Access Link
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Field of Research (FoR) 2008: 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
Field of Research (FoR) 2020: 390302 Early childhood education
390101 Creative arts, media and communication curriculum and pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 939903 Equity and Access to Education
930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160201 Equity and access to education
160304 Teaching and instruction technologies
Abstract: Children negotiate their lives through the narratives to which they are exposed in digital, print and oral form. The Rose's Story app project drew on a philosophy that positions children as social agents. We used the social and contextual elements underlying children's experiences with technology to develop a digital app for young children from the Australian military community by leveraging family narratives to portray children's agency. Data to develop the app was taken from a 2017 study involving 2- to 5-year-old children from 11 Australian Defence Force families. Findings from the Rose's Story app project can be applied practically to impact the well-being of children from military families, their parents, educators, and the broader community by increasing understanding and empathy. This article outlines effective ways to utilize a productive medium for children's voices to be heard, as well as identifies potential barriers.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health, p. 129-137
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Place of Publication: Canada
ISSN: 2368-7924
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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