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Children, Technology and Play - Telephone Interviews Data

posted on 2020-04-28, 16:33 authored by Julia BishopJulia Bishop, Jackie Marsh, Catherine Bannister

The Telephone Interviews Data 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 31 telephone interviews with parents of children aged 3-11 years from a range of backgrounds across the UK.

This dataset comprises the anonymised transcriptions of the audio-recorded interviews, plus a spreadsheet containing relevant metadata.

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

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


The LEGO Foundation



  • The project has ethical approval and have included the number in the description field


  • The data complies with the institution and funders' policies on access and sharing

Sharing and access restrictions

  • The data can be shared openly

Data description

  • The file formats are open or commonly used

Methodology, headings and units

  • There is a readme.txt file describing the methodology, headings and units