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ERIC Number: EJ1147196
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1463-9491
Uncovering Young Children's Transformative Digital Game Play through the Exploration of Three-Year-Old Children's Cases
Huh, Youn Jung
Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, v18 n2 p179-195 Jun 2017
In contrast to studies focusing on digital games as learning tools, this study shows how young children use digital games as a means of facilitating spontaneous play in their everyday lives. This article highlights how 4 three-year-old children's play with digital games revealed their ability to create new forms of play by mixing their digital game play and other play in real life. In addition, this study shows various examples of young children breaking game boundaries (e.g. rule-breaking; using virtual space as a source for their spontaneous play; navigating between virtual and physical space for their play) in their digital game playing. This finding suggests that digital games do not entirely change or displace other practices in early childhood, but young children's digital game play is very closely related to their spontaneous play as it occurs in their everyday lives. Young children are agentic and capable users of digital technologies, incorporating the digital world for their own purposes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California
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