Personalized Story-Making on the iPad: Opportunities for Developing the Self and Building Closeness with Others



This chapter presents a participant observation case study of a child aged 5 1/2 years who used the interactive personalized app ‘Mr Glue Stories’ together with her father. The app encouraged the child to personalize a given narrative with text, audio recordings and her own drawings. Building on Bruner’s (1994, 2001) and Lemke’s (2000, 2002) theoretical foundations around self, narrative and text-making, we consider how the various personalization features of the app played a role in developing the child’s sense of self. We also examine the potentials of personalization for facilitating and shaping moments of particular attunement and closeness (‘moments of meeting’; Stern 2000, 2004) between the child and father. Our findings suggest that personalization features in some iPad story-making apps provides unique opportunities for children to explore their experiences of the world and share these with adults close to them.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Education, University College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Middlesex UniversityLondonUK

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