Children, Technology and Play – Family Case Studies Images

The Family Case Studies Images dataset forms part of Children, Technology and Play (2019-2020), an 8-month co-produced study by academics from the University of Sheffield and University of Cape Town, South Africa, the LEGO Foundation and Dubit.

The study explored the contemporary play environments of children to identify the ways in which their play is shaped by technology, examine the relationship between digital play, learning and creativity, and explore the role of adults in mediating digital play.

The UK research included case studies of 10 families in Sheffield with focus children aged 3-11. Each was visited 6 times at home and a range of qualitative data collection methods was employed.

This dataset comprises researcher photos, parent photos (shared with the research team), child photos (many on the GoPro cameras used in the project), and photographed copies of child drawings and play journals, plus a spreadsheet containing relevant metadata. Personal and school names have been pseudonymised.

The project received ethical approval from the University of Sheffield (no. 028701).

The research tools and other datasets from the study are deposited elsewhere in ORDA and have been brought together in the Children, Technology and Play collection.