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Jan Ole Størup

I am a trained pedagogue with a Master’s (Ed.) in educational psychology from the Danish School of Education (DPU), Aarhus University. Currently, I am working as a research assistant and project coordinator of the research project National mapping of digital media in early childhood education and care. In collaboration with Andreas Lieberoth (IMC, DPU) and Ditte Winther-Lindqvist (DPU), I am exploring the extent and nature of digital media usage across early childhood education and care (ECEC) institutions in Denmark.  

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Digital media in Danish ECECs

Digital media devices such as tablets and smartphones have become ubiquitous in the lives of young children, also in ECECs, in which young Danish children spend most of their awaken hours. However, not much is known about the opportunities, challenges and effects in regards to digital media as experienced by early childhood educators.

By conducting a nationally representative phone survey as well as ethnographic field studies, we examine the pedagogical opportunities afforded by digital media, aiming to deduce the characteristics of digital best practices in order to make implementation strategies available for early childhood educators across Denmark.


News media discourse on digital media

Besides the PLAYTrack project, Andreas Lieberoth and I are currently studying the Danish news media coverage on worries about digital media, i.e. discourses of ‘video game addiction’ and ‘dopamine junkies’, especially regarding children’s and adolescents’ digital practices.

Furthermore, I am interested in how such public discourse shape the perceptions and practices of people. More specifically, I am looking into how news media influence parents’ attitudes, and in effect may hinder parental support of children’s digital activities.