"Siri, do dogs lay eggs?” Examining young children’s digital literacy experiences in domestic contexts.
Amanda Muscat, "Siri, do dogs lay eggs?” Examining young children’s digital literacy experiences in domestic contexts.
Winner – Victoria University VYT local competition (2021)
Meet Ash. Ash is 5 years old. In his everyday life he surfs the internet, creates digital animations and content, sends text messages to family, and asks Siri important questions:
Yet at school, Ash's literacy classroom remains stubbornly print-based. Literacy Policy and practice is preoccupied with standardisation and deficient models of learners
Today’s children are growing up in a world that is very different to the world you and I grew up in. The world has changed and so has literacy.
For children like Ash their futures will involve work with digital texts regardless of the career paths they follow. (Beavis, 2017)
My research interrogates: how young children experience digital literacies within their home. It is VITAL we study literacy as it transpires in everyday life
Becoming literate should be about developing the skills to transform the world. Isn’t it important these skills reflect the current and future world in which children Like ASH live?