ERIC Number: ED396254
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Computers Real and Make-Believe: Providing Opportunities for Literacy Development in an Early Childhood Sociodramatic Play Center. Instructional Resource No. 26.
Labbo, Linda D.; And Others
Playing in literacy-enriched, sociodramatic play centers is an important component of children's literacy development; yet due to the limited number of available computers in many low-socioeconomic-status urban schools, occasions for children to playfully explore literacy as it relates to technology are frequently absent in the early childhood classroom. Low-socioeconomic-status, culturally diverse children's opportunities for literacy development in computer-enriched, sociodramatic play centers during literature-based thematic units in one early childhood classroom are described. When the teacher (1) shared thematically related literature, (2) guided fact-finding field trips, (3) invited children to help design the play center to include literacy materials and computers (real or make-believe), and (4) engaged in supportive dramatic role-play, the children had numerous opportunities to gain conceptual understanding about the forms and uses of literacy. (Contains 27 references, 2 photographs, a classroom diagram, and a web of unit activities.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Reading Research Center, Athens, GA.; National Reading Research Center, College Park, MD.