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Barns digitala rum: berättelser om e-post, chatt & Internet
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2001 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Children's digital rooms : stories about e-mail, chat & the Internet (English)
Abstract [en]

This thesis contributes to an understanding of the conditions of children in the changeable society, by way of a study on children’s use and experiences of e-mail, chat and the Internet as means of communication. The empirical material used is interviews with children between 8 and 13 years old, conducted in their school environment, complemented with a continuous dialogue via e-mail and chat over a period of 17 months between 1997 and 1998.

Based in a pedagogical ethnography, the principle of abductive inference has been used, combined with sensitizing concepts, in a qualitative analysis. In the analysis, semiotics has been an important element in the development of an understanding in the children’s experiences of the computer-mediated communication (CMC), as well as in relating their experiences to a theoretical context.

Children find a wide range of affordances in the computer and the information- and communication technology (ICT). As e-mail, and chat and the Internet in particular, became widespread during this period, the experience of having used these tool can be seen as a developmental task for children. ICT gives children access to an arena where they can transcend the biological (i.e. the body, age) and the physical (i.e. geography). Therefore, ICT becomes a prosthesis that affords interaction and communication in a ‘glocal’ culture, where children are able to make new contacts with other actors as well as transcend their physical identity.

The thesis also includes a discussion on how to use empirical data collected in cyberspace (i.e. e-mail and chat), and what ethical problems one encounters in doing so. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Pedagogiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet , 2001. , 246 p.
Series
Doktorsavhandlingar från Pedagogiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet, ISSN 1104-1625 ; 104
Keyword [en]
Children, childhood, e-mail, chat, the Internet, communication, cyberspace, pedagogical ethnography
Keyword [sv]
Barn och datorer, Chatt
National Category
Educational Sciences
Research subject
Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-143017ISBN: 91-7265-266-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-143017DiVA: diva2:1094184
Public defence
2001-06-09, 10:00 (Swedish)
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Diss. Stockholm : Univ., 2001

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