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Young children’s reading for pleasure with digital books: six key facets of engagement

Kucirkova, Natalia; Littleton, Karen and Cremin, Teresa (2017). Young children’s reading for pleasure with digital books: six key facets of engagement. Cambridge Journal of Education, 47(1) pp. 67–84.

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Abstract

This paper offers a new characterisation of young children’s (2–8 years) reading for pleasure (RfP) with digital books. This characterisation is rooted in a re-contextualisation of Anna Craft’s conceptualisation of twenty-first century childhoods in Creativity and education futures (Stoke on Trent, Trentham, 2011) and a review of the literature concerning young children’s RfP with digital books. The paper develops Craft’s (2011) work by considering the ways in which digital books can resource the ‘4Ps of digital childhood’ in reading for pleasure. Six facets of reader engagement, nested within Craft’s (2011) 4Ps, are presented: affective, creative, interactive, shared, sustained and personalised reading engagements. It is argued that this characterisation of young children’s reading engagements can enrich our understanding of the affordances of digital books in relation to RfP in the twenty-first century. The paper thus offers an important new contribution, going beyond established work in the field, which typically explores digital books in relation to children’s learning, product design or developmental outcomes.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education
ISSN: 1469-3577
Keywords: reading for pleasure; e-books; child’s engagement; digital books
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport > Education
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Education Futures
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Item ID: 45130
Depositing User: Natalia Kucirkova
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2016 09:34
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2019 17:00
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/45130
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