Interplay: Play, Learning and ICT in Preschool Education

This project, based at the University of Stirling, investigated the ways in which children’s learning with technology can be supported and enhanced in preschool settings.

The study was based in eight preschools which represented a range of types of provision and served 400 families. Researchers visited each setting on seven occasions and produced a technology audit, field notes, focused observations and video recordings. Each site implemented and evaluated two small-scale projects, identifying the ways in which guided interaction could be enacted. A sub-set of 16 children were visited at home, enabling us to look at their experiences across home and preschool.

A research briefing based on this study is available here.

Research areas
Children & Technology
Research team

Prof. Lydia Plowman (PI) and Dr. Christine Stephen (University of Stirling) 


ESRC, 2003-2005.