Digital playworlds in an Australian context: supporting double subjectivity

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    This chapter aims to introduce Digital playworlds as a term to capture holistically both digital play and playworlds, rather than position digital play as a binary against playworlds. It presents a case example of a playworld in action in an early childhood setting in Australia, where digital devices were used to support the development of children's play. In children's play, the form of consciousness is manifested and reflected as a meeting between the internal and external worlds". Playworlds as a pedagogical approach generates contradictions, or crises as Vygotsky describes, which in turn act as a source of development for children's play but also for children's development. Playworlds as a pedagogical approach was introduced to the teachers through a comprehensive professional learning programme by the research team. The chapter discusses playworlds which provides the conditions for creating a double subjectivity that helps childrens to think in new ways about their early childhood setting environment.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Routledge International Handbook of Early Childhood Play
    EditorsTina Bruce, Pentti Hakkarainen, Milda Bredikyte
    Place of PublicationAbingdon UK
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Electronic)9781315735290
    ISBN (Print)9781138833715
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

    Publication series

    NameThe Routledge International Handbook Series

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