ERIC Number: ED257551
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
An Electric Preschool: Pros and Cons.
Lee, Marjorie W.
An electric preschool is a classroom or center for children 3 to 5 years of age in which the curriculum with its supportive activities, materials, and equipment depends more on technology that is powered by electricity than on manually operated objects. Certainly, preschoolers need stimulating and safe environments managed by adults who allow them to act physically, mentally, and emotionally on objects and who provide them with concrete objects and experiences that promote development. Because computers are such a central component of our society, a good preschool today and in the future must include one or more microcomputers. Teachers in those preschools must be computer-literate and able to teach computer literacy skills to young children. Early childhood educators must now consider how much of the early childhood curriculum should be experienced by children via the computer and how much through traditional play. Several advantages and disadvantages of the electric preschool and the microcomputer are evident and must be taken into account. (Directed specifically toward child advocates, workshop participants, teacher educators, early childhood teachers, and parents, concluding remarks offer suggestions focusing on young children's needs for optimum development and the advantages and concerns relative to the use of computers with preschoolers.) (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Parents
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (Los Angeles, CA, November 8-11, 1984).