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ERIC Number: ED264951
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Pages: 19
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Will a Microcomputer Really Benefit Preschool Children? A Theoretical Examination of Computer Applications in Early Childhood Education.
Shade, Daniel D.
This paper argues that the microcomputer has a place in early childhood education when it is coupled with microworld software. Microworld software formats are open-ended, user-designable, child-oriented software experiences providing children with direct access to specific concepts and the opportunity to exercise those concepts in meaningful ways. The use of microcomputers was approached from three major theoretical frameworks: those of Piaget/Papert, Erikson, and competence development. By presenting microcomputers in light of these theories, it was shown that many computer applications are developmentally appropriate for young children. Finally, using Bruner's idea that cognitive development is influenced by the culture's technological advancements, the paper concluded that caregivers' major commitment to children is to encourage the development of competence which can be fostered by using the microcomputer with microworld software. (BB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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