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Digital Childhoods

Technologies and Children’s Everyday Lives

  • Susan J. Danby
  • Marilyn Fleer
  • Christina Davidson
  • Maria Hatzigianni
  • Conceptualises how childhood is being constructed in the digital era

  • Provides case studies on the ways that young children are currently experiencing their digital childhoods

  • Presents a diversity of chapters where different theoretical approaches and a broad range of countries are represented, showing how children engage with a diverse range of digital technologies


Table of contents

  1. Societal Tools for Thinking, Learning and Communicating Differently

    1. Brooke Scriven, Christine Edwards-Groves, Christina Davidson
      Pages 267-284
  2. Back Matter
    Pages 285-287

About this book


This book highlights the multiple ways that digital technologies are being used in everyday contexts at home and school, in communities, and across diverse activities, from play to web searching, to talking to family members who are far away. The book helps readers understand the diverse practices employed as children make connections with digital technologies in their everyday experiences.

In addition, the book employs a framework that helps readers easily access major themes at a glance, and also showcases the diversity of ideas and theorisations that underpin the respective chapters. In this way, each chapter stands alone in making a specific contribution and, at the same time, makes explicit its connections to the broader themes of digital technologies in children’s everyday lives. The concept of digital childhood presented here goes beyond a sociological reading of the everyday lives of children and their families, and reflects the various contexts in which children engage, such as preschools and childcare centres.


Digital education Computers in education Families and technology Technology in the home Technology in Early Childhood Skype in education Rural education International Social Media Animation Video Games Longitudinal research Digital photography Digital literacy Albinism iPads in education Assessment and technology

Editors and affiliations

  • Susan J. Danby
    • 1
  • Marilyn Fleer
    • 2
  • Christina Davidson
    • 3
  • Maria Hatzigianni
    • 4
  1. 1.Faculty of EducationQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationMonash UniversityFrankstonAustralia
  3. 3.School of EducationCharles Sturt UniversityWagga WaggaAustralia
  4. 4.Faculty of Human SciencesMacquarie UniversitySydneyAustralia

About the editors

Susan Danby is a Professor of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. She researches social interaction and communication in institutional contexts that include educational and family settings, helplines and clinical contexts. Recent projects include investigating how young children engage with digital technologies in home and school.

Marilyn Fleer holds the Foundation Chair of Early Childhood Education at Monash University, Australia, and is the immediate past President of the International Society for Cultural Activity Research (ISCAR). Her research interests focus on early years learning and development, with special attention to pedagogy, culture, science, and design and technology.

Christina Davidson is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Education, Charles Sturt University. Her research focuses on the social aspects of young children’s activities at home, preschool and in the early years of formal schooling. Dr Davidson employs ethnomethodology/conversation analysis and mostly works with other conversation analysts to investigate the social interactions that shape young children’s online activity.

Maria Hatzigianni is a Lecturer in Early Childhood and Primary Education at Macquarie University. She worked as a kindergarten teacher and director in Australia and Greece for more than 15 years (1996-2012). Her main research interests include: integrating technology in early childhood and primary education; training early childhood and primary teachers in new technologies; bilingual and multicultural education; and social justice in education. She is currently investigating the use of new technologies with very young children (under 3 years of age).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Digital Childhoods
  • Book Subtitle Technologies and Children’s Everyday Lives
  • Editors Susan J. Danby
    Marilyn Fleer
    Christina Davidson
    Maria Hatzigianni
  • Series Title International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Development
  • Series Abbreviated Title Int.persp.early childhood
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-10-6483-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-13-3885-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-10-6484-5
  • Series ISSN 2468-8746
  • Series E-ISSN 2468-8754
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 287
  • Number of Illustrations 39 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Early Childhood Education
    Educational Technology
    Technology and Digital Education
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