2021
Annual
Report

Project

Digital platforms for connecting families and ECEs

Overview

Children are being datafied by schools and commercial platforms in the home. Monitoring and datafied performance using digital platforms for very young children, especially in early childhood centres, is a new phenomenon. There is considerable interest and anxiety about the ways that platforms and datafication are either supporting or controlling, assisting in identification or over naming very young children with concerns about security, surveillance and forms of categorising that have consequences for these young children’s futures. The project aims to examine how sharing platforms shape connections between families and early childhood educators, what data is shared, by whom and for what purposes.


Project aims

  • examine how sharing platforms shape connections between families and early childhood educators, what data is shared, by whom and for what purposes
  • explore how platforms are used by early childhood educators, directors, organisations and families and how their use is understood
  • examine how these social actors conceptualise strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and obstacles and what children say about what is shared about them


Project design

This project will be delivered in three stages:

  1. Survey of early childhood educators and service directors to determine what digital platforms are being used to connect with families
  2. Examine a sample of these platforms in detail to identify affordances for the different users of that platform
  3. Develop practice case studies from a purposive sample of early childhood educators using platforms investigated in RQ2 to examine an archive of digital posts during a negotiated period, identify how the use of the digital platform is experienced and enacted by educators and families during this period and examine feedback from children about the content of posts about them


Activity plan for 2022

  • dissemination of survey to early childhood educators and directors
  • analysis of platforms to determine strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and obstacles (both in design and implementations)
  • development of practice case studies


Timeframe

August 2021 – December 2023


Contact

Professor Lisa Kervin




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