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ERIC Number: ED342466
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 42
Abstractor: N/A
4 Year Old Children's Peer Interactions When Playing with a Computer.
Rhee, Mikyung C.; Bhavnagri, Navaz
This study investigated social interactions with peers on the part of 4-year-olds who were playing with a computer. Subjects were 18 preschoolers whose interactions were videotaped while they played with a computer for eight 45-minute sessions. Composition, initiation, and form of interaction were coded. Observations about the composition of interaction indicated that 55% of the children's time at the computer was spent with a peer, 25% was spent with a teacher, and 20% was spent alone. Observations of initiation of interaction indicated that 60% of the time the interaction was self-initiated, 36% of the time it was peer-initiated, and 4% of the time it was teacher-initiated. Observations of form of interaction indicated that 88% of the interactions consisted of sharing use of the computer by taking turns, and 12% consisted of doing, showing, and explaining to a peer. These data support the hypotheses of the study. Results indicate that when children play with a computer in the natural setting of a preschool, they have extensive social interaction with their peers. Appended are 37 references and related materials. (Author/GLR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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