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ERIC Number: ED337290
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Pages: 17
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Parent Perceptions of the Importance of Computer Knowledge for Young Children.
Scherer, Charlotte
Eighty-eight sets of parents who enrolled their 4- and 5-year-old children in computer classes completed a questionnaire designed to gather demographic data and information about their reasons for enrolling the children and their attitudes about the importance of computer competence. Parents could check one of three reasons for enrolling their child: (1) It was a program for 4- and 5-year-olds; (2) It was important for their child to work with computers; or (3) Other. The first option was selected by 15 percent of parents, the second by 83 percent, and the third by 22 percent. In a follow-up telephone interview, 14 sets of parents were asked to choose among 10 reasons for enrolling their child in the computer class. The principal reasons chosen were: (1) computers are fun for children; (2) people need to know how computers work; (3) computers can help children learn math and reading skills; (4) people are using computers for more and more reasons; (5) computers can help a child be creative; and (6) I want to help my child learn to use computers. Two references are cited. (BC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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