A new research project of the German Digital Opportunities Foundation in Berlin and Stiftung Ravensburger Verlag addresses the question how media-educational support for children of preschool age can be usefully designed in a dialogue between parents and pedagogical specialists. Dr. Claudia Lampert from the Hans-Bredow-Institut is a member of the six-member scientific advisory board, which supports the four-year research project with its professional expertise.
Berlin/Ravensburg (20 June 2018). How can media-educational support for children of kindergarten age be usefully designed in a dialogue between parents and pedagogical specialists? This is the key question of a four-year research project, which is carried out by the German Digital Opportunity Foundation and Stiftung Ravensburger Verlag. The latter finances the research work and the practical implementation of media education projects in day care centres with a budget of around 430,000 euros. A six-member scientific advisory board supports the project with its specialist expertise.
Digital Media at Home, Sheltered Environment at the Day Care Centre – What Parents Wish For
Many parents wish for their offspring to have an “Astrid Lindgren childhood” with lots of play and activities outdoors, with nature experiences, with activities they do together, such as crafting, looking at picture books, baking, playing board games, singing, making music and reading or storytelling. In contrast to books, current studies show that many mothers and fathers believe that digital media have no place in the day-care centre, which is often regarded as a medial sanctuary. In the everyday world of young families, on the other hand, smartphones, tablets and the use of social media are a matter of course and even the youngest are familiar with mobile media and apps for young children.
More than Half of the Two-Year-Olds Already in Day Care
In addition, there are alarming developments, for example the number of accidents on playgrounds has increased because the "babysitters" are distracted with their smartphones. Since more than half of all two-year-olds today visit a day care centre, a qualified media pedagogical dialogue between competent educators and parents seems all the more important.
How Does Media Education Succeed at the Interface between Parental Home and Day Care Centre?
The four-year research and practice project of the two foundations consists of three consecutive modules:
- Systematic analysis and evaluation of the educational landscape as well as a review of the current state of scientific research;
- Development of criteria of the conditions of success (Good Practice);
- Three-year field phase to evaluate media pedagogical work in selected day care centres (pilot project) in different federal states.
What Can Be Expected: Practical Recommendations for Action
"From the project results we expect recommendations for a successful dialogue between early childhood education institutions and families", explained Johannes Hauenstein, chairman of Stiftung Ravensburger Verlag, at the first advisory board meeting in Berlin. “We will accompany the practical work in day care centres and develop recommendations for dialogical concepts in media education based on the educational plans of the federal states”, said Jutta Croll, chairwoman of the German Digital Opportunities Foundation.
The Advisory Board of „Medienerziehung im Dialog [Media Education in Dialogue]“ is composed as follows:
- Prof. Dr. Fabienne Becker-Stoll, Director of Staatsinstituts für Frühpädagogik München [State Institute of Early Childhood Research Munich]. Focus: bonding and exploration development in the first years of life;
- Prof. Dr. Andreas Breiter, Department of Applied Computer Science at the University of Bremen, Focus: information and knowledge management in education.
- Prof. Dr. Nadia Kutscher, Department of Remedial Education and Rehabilitation at the Faculty of Human Sciences at the University of Cologne on the subject of educational assistance and social work. Focus: childhood, youth and family, and digital media.
- Dr. Claudia Lampert, Researcher at the Hans-Bredow-Institut für Medienforschung Hamburg. Focus: the role of digital media in the everyday lives of children and young people as well as the challenges for family education in everyday life.
- Diplom-Sozialwirt Thomas Rathgeb, Head of the Department Media Literacy, Programme and Research at the Landesanstalt für Kommunikation Baden-Württemberg (LFK) [Media Authority of Baden-Württemberg], Head of the office Mediendaten Südwest and Medienpädagogischer Forschungsverbunds Südwest (mpfs), co-author of the study series JIM and KIM.
- Prof. Dr. Roland Rosenstock, Practical Theology at the University of Greifswald, Foci: Mediatisation and religious communication, media education in schools and communities.
Further information on the project at http://www.digitale-chancen.de/mid