Caringly crafting knowledge together with children on the relevance of digital technology in daycare institutions

Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution


The presentation takes its empirical point of departure in the current digitalization of Danish daycare institutions, so as to focus on what role children and their knowledges are granted in crafting digitalized pedagogical concepts and practices together with adult professionals – concepts and practices that should be meaningful to all those people that constitute the institutional everyday life. It is argued that it is insufficient to merely apply top-down instrumental teaching concepts in order to promote children’s digital literacy. Rather, a caring communication among all those involved must be rendered possible, irrespective of age and societal position, about what the relevance of integrating digital technology in a daycare’s everyday life is and is to be. The inherently democratic methodology of mutual learning as teleogenetic collaboration will be presented, which arguably merely describes what can already be found in pedagogical institutions: professionals and parents who are aware that the only way of crafting knowledge that is relevant to children is to actively depart from the social situation of development of the child, and to learn how to actively relate the child’s directionality of action to one’s own social situation of development. Only via this mutuality may a sustainable integration of digital technology succeed, once it takes into consideration all participants’ relational-developmental needs. But how to work towards that end? What can the role of the nominal researcher be in such a mutual learning process: an initiator, a mediator, a caretaker, a transformative activist, or…?
Period17 Sep 2020
Event titleLAEL Webinars: Graduate Program in Applied Linguistics
Event typeSeminar
LocationSão Paulo, Brazil
Degree of RecognitionInternational