A1 Journal article (refereed)
Digital Stories with Children : Examining Digital Storytelling as a Pedagogical Process in ECEC (2020)

Merjovaara, O., Nousiainen, T., Turja, L., & Isotalo, S. (2020). Digital Stories with Children : Examining Digital Storytelling as a Pedagogical Process in ECEC. Journal of Early Childhood Education Research, 9(1), 99-123. https://journal.fi/jecer/article/view/114125

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All authors or editorsMerjovaara, Olli; Nousiainen, Tuula; Turja, Leena; Isotalo, Susanna

Journal or seriesJournal of Early Childhood Education Research


Publication year2020


Issue number1

Pages range99-123

PublisherSuomen Varhaiskasvatus ry.

Publication countryFinland

Publication languageEnglish

Persistent website addresshttps://journal.fi/jecer/article/view/114125

Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessOpen Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/67933


Modern digital technologies have become common in educational settings of all levels. This has made the use of digital storytelling (DST) more applicable in early childhood education and care (ECEC). This paper examines the implementation of DST, aiming to answer the following questions: 1) How to support children’s active participation throughout the DST process in ECEC, and 2) how do 21st century skills manifest in the DST process? The study was conducted between 2017 and 2018, when two cycles of DST projects were implemented in four Finnish ECEC centres as part of a European project. The data consist of interviews with educators (N=15) and children (N=51), as well as documentation of the DST activities (project sheets, N=37, and yearly summary documents, N=18) produced by the educators. The data were analysed using inductive thematic analysis. Firstly, our results highlight aspects that are important for supporting children’s active participation in DST, divided into the following categories: premises on starting DST with children, interpersonal processes during DST activity, affordances of digital tools and the meaning of DST activity and products. Secondly, we present how the 21st century skills such as digital skills, collaboration and problem-solving manifested in the DST process.

Keywordsearly childhood education and careeducational methodsnarrativitydigital study materialparticipationcollaborative learning

Free keywordsdigital storytelling; 21st century skills; early childhood education and care; children’s participation

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Reporting Year2020

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