ERIC Number: ED231503
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Early Childhood Education and Microcomputers.
Lee, Marjorie W.
Soon families of every socioeconomic level will have microcomputers in their homes. Most classrooms and probably all schools will have at least one such machine. Many potential advantages may result from the involvement of young children with microcomputers. Some of these are the stimulation of reflective thinking, the development of cognitive styles, and the improvement of self-esteem. Acquisition of computer skills may help young black children close the gap between home/community and classroom/school cultures. The microcomputer may also help black children to become better achievers in school and to be more successful on standardized tests. To realize these and related potentials, more teachers of young black children must develop computer literacy and acquire the ability to use the microcomputer as an educational tool. While use of microcomputers may result in benefits, several questions relating to teachers, the instruction of young children, and computer use remain to be answered. More information is needed in several areas related to instruction (such as reinforcement techniques, instructional needs of children, optimal scheduling, and fundamental changes in cognitive styles and development). Data are also needed regarding the influence of computer use on the black culture and on the individual's creative thinking and expressive language. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Howard Univ., Washington, DC. School of Education.