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Understanding Children's Free Play in Primary Schools
Univ Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland..
Newcastle Univ, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, England..
IT Univ Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark..
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Media Technology and Interaction Design, MID.
2019 (English)In: 9TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON COMMUNITIES & TECHNOLOGIES (C&T) / [ed] Cech, F Tellioglu, H, ASSOC COMPUTING MACHINERY , 2019, p. 178-188Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Various technologies (e.g., tablets, toolkits, and digital toys) are used in schools. However, they are often designed to introduce new play practices for serving pre-defined learning purposes. In this study, we are interested in constructive play 'in the wild' and how technologies can be integrated more organically into the ways young school children are already playing. This paper presents 4 one-week ethnographic study in four early primary school classrooms (children aged 5-7). The aim is to gain insights in children's free play and identify design opportunities for technology serving children's constructive play. Our findings illustrate children's interactions with resources and peers during free play, which often involve imitations and dynamically change between being solitary and social. We observed that children's constructive play was often associated with other forms of play. On this basis, we suggest three design implications for technologies that support and encourage constructive play during fee play in schools.

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ASSOC COMPUTING MACHINERY , 2019. p. 178-188
Keywords [en]
Early childhood, play, constructive play, free play, free-time activities, design implications, design opportunities, primary school
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Human Computer Interaction
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-259474DOI: 10.1145/3328320.3328384ISI: 000482174900024Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85067844947OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-259474DiVA, id: diva2:1351891
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9th International Conference on Communities and Technologies (C&T), Vienna Univ Technol, Vienna, AUSTRIA, JUN 03-07, 2019
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QC 20190917

Available from: 2019-09-17 Created: 2019-09-17 Last updated: 2019-09-17Bibliographically approved

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