Young Children Learning with Toys and Technology

This project, based at the University of Stirling, focused on play at home, particularly with technological and traditional toys.

This research produced in-depth case studies and traced children's play experiences at home over the course of a minimum of nine rounds of data collection based on visits to fourteen households. Each round had a specific focus, such as parental recollections of their own childhoods, conversations with children, parental perceptions of their child's play and learning, and family interviews about the changes brought about by the transition to school. This project was evaluated by ESRC as outstanding.

For more information about the outcomes of the project click here.

Research areas
Children & Technology
Research team

Prof. Lydia Plowman (PI), Joanna McPake (University of Strathclyde) Prof. Alan Prout and Dr. Christine Stephen (University of Stirling) were the projects co-investigators. The researchers were Claire Adey and Dr Olivia Stevenson (University of Glasgow).


ESRC, 2008-2011