What is mobile documentation doing through social media in early childhood education in-between the boundaries of a teacher’s personal and professional subjectivities?

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Abstract

Documentation of learning through narration and imagery is part of everyday early childhood education. Recently, technology has generated enthusiasm for digital and mobile documentation, where mobility indicates reciprocal communication between home and school using mobile devices. The present paper asks the question of what mobile documentation is doing within the boundaries of a teacher’s personal and professional public–private timespace-materialities. By focusing on documentation of young children’s playful learning shared through social media platforms, I put to work posthuman, feminist materialist theories. What becomes illuminated is that mobile documentation performs within the porous boundaries between a teacher’s personal and professional subjectivities. These actions flow between reproduction, generation, and rupture, with hidden labours and affective costs materialised in the liveliness of timestamps, spatialities, and hashtag entanglements. Whilst mobile documentation practices raise ethical questions, they offer potentialities for accessible ways for teachers to operationalise digital doings that offer hopeful, bite-size, and accessible storytelling.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-25
JournalLearning, Media and Technology
Early online date13 May 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 May 2022

Keywords

  • mobile documentation.
  • feminist new materialism
  • early childhood education
  • social media
  • personal and professional subjectivities.

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