Empathetic encounters of children’s augmented storying across the human and more-than-human worlds

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This study brings empathy to the centre of literacy practice by investigating children's augmented storying as it was related to empathetic encounters across the human and more-than-human worlds. The study applies sociomaterial theorising that defines empathy as relational and emergent across human-material-spatial-temporal assemblages. The empirical study was situated in a Finnish primary school in which children used an augmented story-crafting tool (MyAR Julle) to explore their local environment and to create and share their stories. The findings show how empathy emerged situationally across the children, other human beings, materials, technology and the natural world. The empathetic encounters of the children's narratives were more than romantic or smooth encounters, instead competing and in tension with one another, calling moral reasoning and agency. The study shows the potential of sociomaterial theorising to change the way we think about children's encounters with the world, using empathy as a framework.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Studies in Sociology of Education
Issue number1-2
Pages (from-to)208-230
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • Empathetic encounters
  • augmented storying
  • children
  • nature
  • sociomaterial approach
  • 516 Educational sciences

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