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Alternative perspectives on learning - entanglements of children, teachers and digital technology
Halmstad university.
Halmstad university. (SITE)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2924-4100
2017 (English)In: Presented at EECERA2017, 2017Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper is based on preliminary results of an on-going study. The aim is to investigate entanglements of children, teachers and digital technology, where humans as well as materiality are considered as actors. Learning is a main concept in the research field of didactics and preschool practice. Research is also highly dominated by a deterministic and dialectic approach. Instead, this study investigates the becoming of an entangled child, where the child continuously is in intra-actions with other humans and digital technology. In this setting Barads (2007) agential realism becomes a way to problematise widespread beliefs about the learning child. In this study, the concept intra-action (Barad, 2007) is used to analyse the becoming of the digital child. Preschool children 4-5 years old, preschool teachers and preschool teacher students participated. They explored a digital App (Toontastic 3D) and created a story with sound and moving images in a Digital Laboratory Centre (DLC). Field notes and video registrations were used for documentation. Ethical standards were assured through written informed content by all parents and personnel, and oral consent from the participating children. Results show that children together with digital technology are strongly bound to each other during the activities. In these entangled becoming actions is reliant both of the children and the technology. Also, the spectrum of action possibilities increases during the process. It is interesting to further discuss the concept of learning in an agential realism perspective as learning emerges without any involvement of teacher students or preschool teachers.

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2017.
Keywords [en]
preschool children, digital technology, intra-actions, Agential realism, learning
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Educational Sciences
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Pedagogics and Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-72732OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-72732DiVA, id: diva2:1197695
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EECERA2017, Bologna, Italy, 29th Aug – 1st Sep 2017
Available from: 2018-04-13 Created: 2018-04-13 Last updated: 2018-04-18Bibliographically approved

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