The Techno-literacy Practices of Young Children from Diverse Backgrounds

Nicola Friedrich, Laura Teichert, Zipporah Devadas


To complicate the notion of a digital divide along economic and cultural lines, this paper describes techno-literacy practices within the homes of children from diverse backgrounds. Data were drawn from two ethnographic case studies examining the home literacy practices of pre-school aged children. Participants were three Karen refugee families and two English-speaking, middle-class families. The findings suggest that children initiate interactions with digital tools within the cultural and economic landscapes of the home. In so doing, they develop operational competencies to access digital texts in order to scaffold their current learning and enable their participation in 21st century society.


digital literacy practices, early childhood literacy, family literacy, refugee families

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