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ERIC Number: EJ809799
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0957-5146
The Owner, the Participant and the Spectator: Positions and Positioning in Peer Activity around the Computer in Pre-School
Ljung-Djarf, Agneta
Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, v28 n1 p61-72 Mar 2008
One of the most important benefits of computer use within educational settings has been described as its potential for use in collective activity. However; there is a need to take a closer look at the apparently unproblematic picture of children's actual cooperation around the computer. The purpose of this research was to study positions and positioning in peer activity around the computer in pre-school. Data were collected in three different Swedish municipal pre-school units with children from three to six years of age. In this paper three positions, described as "owner", "participant'"and "spectator", are identified and discussed. The positions are static as they constitute a specific space for acting, including rights, duties and obligations. They are also dynamic as, in relation to previous experiences, they appear to imply different opportunities to use the afforded space for acting. The play around the computer implies that positions and positioning are continuously defined and transformed in relation to each other. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A