This book adds to the international research literature on contemporary Nordic childhoods in the context of fast-evolving technologies. It draws on the workshop program of the Nordic Research Network on Digital Childhoods funded by the Joint Committee for Nordic research councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS) during the years 2019–2021. Bringing together researchers from Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland, the book addresses pressing issues around children’s communication, learning and education in the digital age.

The volume sheds light on cultural values, educational policies and conceptions of children and childhood, and child–media relationships inherent in Nordic societies. The book argues for the importance of understanding local cultures, values and communication practices that make up contemporary digital childhoods and extends current discourses on children’s screen time to bring in new insights about the nature of children’s digital engagement.

This book will appeal to researchers, graduate students, educators and policy makers in the fields of childhood education, educational technology and communication.

The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

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ByKristiina Kumpulainen, Anu Kajamaa, Ola Erstad, Åsa Mäkitalo, Kirsten Drotner, Sólveig Jakobsdóttir
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part Part I|42 pages

Nordic perspectives on digital childhoods

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Child development in a digital age

Epistemic practices in media societies
ByRoger Säljö
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Nordic children, media, and technologies

A contested ensemble
ByKirsten Drotner
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Transformations and unresolved tensions

Children, school, and technology
ByOla Erstad, Kenneth Silseth
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Bridging dichotomies between children, nature, and digital technologies

ByKristiina Kumpulainen
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part Part II|77 pages

Forms of communication, literacy, and learning

chapter Chapter 6|13 pages

Young children initiating and negotiating their digital literacy practices in their homes

ByHeidi Sairanen, Kristiina Kumpulainen, Alexandra Nordström, Anu Kajamaa
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chapter Chapter 7|13 pages

Digital storymaking

A powerful pedagogic approach in the Swedish preschool class
ByEwa Skantz-Åberg, Annika Lantz-Andersson
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chapter Chapter 8|13 pages

Digital language contact between Icelandic and English

ByDagbjört Guðmundsdóttir, Sigríður Sigurjónsdóttir, Iris Nowenstein
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chapter Chapter 9|13 pages

Ideation, playful learning, and making in a Minecraft Virtual Learning Makerspace

BySkúlína Hlíf Kjartansdóttir, Gisli Thorsteinsson
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chapter Chapter 10|12 pages

Guns and dolls

Preschool children's (im)material Christmas list activities
ByMalin Nilsen, Mona Lundin
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chapter Chapter 11|11 pages

Finnish teachers' leadership narratives in a school's makerspace

ByJasmiina Leskinen, Kristiina Kumpulainen, Anu Kajamaa
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part Part III|64 pages

Conceptions of agency and engagement

chapter Chapter 12|11 pages

Young activists

Engaging with global climate change in a networked society
ByAnne Solli, Åsa Mäkitalo
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chapter Chapter 13|12 pages

‘I could smell the sound of winter’

Children's aesthetic experiences in their local forest through digital storying
ByJenny Renlund, Kristiina Kumpulainen, Jenny Byman, Chin-Chin Wong
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chapter Chapter 14|14 pages

I hate little bits

The collaborative construction of children's creative making in a public library makerspace
ByGro Skåland
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chapter Chapter 15|13 pages

Making digital play work

Danish children's playful and creative production with digital media
ByThomas Enemark Lundtofte, Ane Bjerre Odgaard, Kirsten Drotner
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chapter Chapter 16|12 pages

Rethinking boundaries

Sociomaterial perspectives on digital technologies and early childhoods
ByKenneth Pettersen, Kenneth Silseth, Hans Christian Arnseth
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part Part IV|25 pages

Commentaries: international reflections

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Digital childhoods as nexus of practice

ByKaren Wohlwend
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Nordic childhoods and entertainment ‘supersystems’ in the digital age

ByMichael Dezuanni
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chapter Chapter 19|7 pages

Ethical provocations for early childhood research

ByRosie Flewitt
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ByKristiina Kumpulainen, Anu Kajamaa, Ola Erstad, Åsa Mäkitalo, Kirsten Drotner, Sólveig Jakobsdóttir
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