Introduction

Authored by: Natalia Kucirkova , Jennifer Rowsell , Garry Falloon

The Routledge International Handbook of Learning with Technology in Early Childhood

Print publication date:  February  2019
Online publication date:  February  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138308169
eBook ISBN: 9781315143040
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315143040-1

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Abstract

Rapid growth of digital technologies during the 21st century have paved the way for an upsurge in young children’s digital play and learning, multimedia communication and new, multimodal literacies. Coupled with global inequalities in access to high-quality education, the socio- cultural impact of immigration and multicultural neighbourhoods on children’s daily experiences, digital technologies and media are reshaping childhood and young children’s lives. Technologies and media prompt us to consider what being literate means and implies for the children growing up today. Making meaning of these rapidly changing and complex relationships requires a multidisciplinary, open-minded approach with a range of rigorous, innovative and context-appropriate research methods.

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