Producing Contexts for Young Children’s Digital Technology Use: Web Searching During Adult-Child Interactions at Home and Preschool

  • Christina DavidsonEmail author
  • Susan J. Danby
  • Lisa M. Given
  • Karen Thorpe
Part of the International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Development book series (CHILD, volume 22)


This chapter examines a young child’s use of digital technologies to search the Web at home and at preschool. Conversation analysis of social interactions that occurred during the Web searching informs our consideration of similarities and differences evident between the child’s digital activities in the two settings. The comparison establishes that the child’s social interaction with adults at home and at preschool situated him rather differently and, consequently, that different opportunities for digital technology use were produced. Our findings highlight the necessity for young children to participate effectively in the varying practices with digital technology that homes and preschools may provide.



The project “Interacting with knowledge, interacting with people: Web searching in early childhood” (DP110104227) was awarded by the Australian Research Council to Chief Investigators Susan Danby, Amanda Spink, Karen Thorpe and Christina Davidson. The project was approved by the human research ethics committees of Queensland University of Technology (Ref No: 1100001480) and Charles Sturt University (Ref No: 2012/40). We thank the teachers, children and families of the Crèche and Kindergarten Association for their participation in this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christina Davidson
    • 1
    Email author
  • Susan J. Danby
    • 2
  • Lisa M. Given
    • 3
  • Karen Thorpe
    • 4
  1. 1.School of EducationCharles Sturt UniversityWagga WaggaAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia
  3. 3.Swinburne University of TechnologyHawthornAustralia
  4. 4.University of QueenslandSt LuciaAustralia

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