Factors influencing the use of digital technology in early childhood education

Anderson, Robyn, and Toh-Heng, Hwee Leng (2019) Factors influencing the use of digital technology in early childhood education. NZ International Research in Early Childhood Education, 22 (1). pp. 15-29.

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Abstract

Although digital technology in early childhood classrooms can support the delivery of quality and relevant programs to young children in today’s digital world, a few studies have shown that some early childhood teachers are concerned about integrating such technology into their classrooms. While these studies have been conducted in the United States and Turkey, no such studies have been undertaken in Singapore. To understand how early childhood educators in Singapore use digital technology and the barriers they face in integrating it into their classrooms, a case study research comprising interviews with 35 early childhood educators in Singapore was conducted. The study found that while teachers had some concerns about the use of digital technologies in early childhood classrooms, they agreed that its informed use in those classrooms could enhance children’s learning, cater for diversity, and provide a learning tool relevant for today’s society. The study recommended professional development for teachers on how to incorporate the play-based use of digital technologies in classrooms and early childhood settings.

Item ID: 56741
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2537-7191
Copyright Information: © Childforum
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2019 00:08
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing @ 50%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies @ 100%
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