Sharing personalized stories on iPads: a close look at one parent-child interaction

Kucirkova, Natalia; Messer, David; Sheehy, Kieron and Flewitt, Rosie (2013). Sharing personalized stories on iPads: a close look at one parent-child interaction. Literacy, 47(3) pp. 115–122.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/lit.12003

URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/lit.120...

Abstract

Little is known about how specific iPad applications affect parent-child story-sharing interactions. This study utilizes a case study approach to provide an insight into the patterns of interaction which emerge when a mother and her 33-months old daughter share a self-created, audio-visual ”iPad story”. Multimodal analysis allowed us to gain insights into the complex interaction patterns orchestrated in this new, personalised story-sharing medium. We found that the app-mediated story sharing context produced a harmonious and smooth interaction, achieving a coherence which is typical of ‘happy’ oral stories. We suggest that the observed interaction resembles that of experiencing a piece of art, and we highlight the need for a holistic approach to understanding the implications for research and practice of children’s interactions during multi-media story sharing.

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