Interpretation, Negotiation, Play

A Multiple Case Study of Playful Reader Engagement with an Augmented Reality Picturebook

  • Hanna Järvenpää
Keywords: augmented reality, digital children’s literature, picturebook apps, playfulness, shared reading, aesthetics and pedagogy

Abstract

Augmented reality (AR) picturebooks combine printed children's literature with augmented reality. This study examines the shared reading of the Finnish AR picturebook Mur, eli karhu (2016) by Kaisa Happonen and Anne Vasko. The main aim of the study is to explore the playful reading experience of three Finnish families with children between the ages of 4 and 6. Three main categories of engagement with the book are discussed in the article: interpretation, negotiation, and play. The findings of the study suggest that children are skilled users of mobile digital media but may not understand the content of AR without parental mediation. In addition, parents and educators are required to have substantial pedagogical and aesthetic knowledge to successfully support children’s engagement with hybrid and multimodal literary works. This knowledge involves understanding both children’s literature and the digital medium.

Published
2022-10-06
How to Cite
Järvenpää, H. (2022). Interpretation, Negotiation, Play: A Multiple Case Study of Playful Reader Engagement with an Augmented Reality Picturebook. Barnboken, 45. https://doi.org/10.14811/clr.v45.717
Section
Tema: Estetik och pedagogik/ Theme: Aesthetics and Pedagogy