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Applying theory in practice: How to "talk theory" to stakeholders?

Everyone has “a theory” on children’s digital lives – policy-makers, practitioners, educators, parents, researchers, even children themselves. These “lay theories”  underpin priorities, concerns and actions, and can be influential if widely or publicly shared, sometimes resulting in media frenzy, rushed practice or policy decisions, or disproportionate parental concern.

On the other hand, stakeholders have practical knowledge and pressing questions that can provoke theory development through dialoge and research. So, how can we discuss theory with stakeholders in mutually productive ways? Here we offer some suggestions and resources.

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