Encyclopedia of Education and Information Technologies

2020 Edition
| Editors: Arthur Tatnall

Digital Technologies and Literacy Contexts for Young Indigenous Children

  • Nicola YellandEmail author
  • Caja Gilbert
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-10576-1_102



Acknowledgment of the ways in which becoming literate empowers children and adults to function at high levels in everyday life and participate in active social futures has been internationally recognized for a long time (New London Group 1996). With this in mind, it is apparent that young children enjoy using new (digital) technologies, yet many school-based learning contexts seem to be ambivalent about using them for literacy learning. For example, Flewitt et al. ( 2015) note that:

Children’s immersion in digital communication occurs at a critical period in their lives when their emerging literacy skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and identities as effective and competent learners are being moulded by the conventions of the social and cultural worlds in which they live. (p. 291)

Accordingly, it becomes important to understand the ways...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Melbourne Graduate School of EducationThe University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.CSIROMelbourneAustralia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Don Passey
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning, Department of Educational ResearchLancaster UniversityLancasterUK