ERIC Number: ED416841
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Children's Use of Electronic Technologies in the Home (Based on Discussions with 190 K-6 Children in Three Sydney Metropolitan Schools). October 1995.
Downes, Toni; Reddacliff, Cathy; Moont, Sue
This study examined how children, drawn from K-6 grades in 3 primary schools in southwest Sydney, use computers in their homes and the physical and social environments within which they use them. Key issues explored were diversity of access, range of uses, and factors which influence use, including gender, age, and parental and sibling role models. The impact of home access and the use on children's perceptions about use of computers in schools was also explored. The project involved discussion groups with a total of 199 children. As part of the process of seeking permission, parents completed a brief survey of their perceptions of their child's use of a range of technologies in the home. Children who were regular users of computers (i.e., used a computer at least two or three times a week) were selected for interview. Results indicated the integration of computers into the children's lives. Ownership, location, and rules were identified as factors influencing access to computing. Playing games was the most common use, although computers were also used for other purposes including school-related activities. Parents and siblings were found to be important role models for computer use. Results of a 1994 teacher survey and a literature review are appended. (Contains 11 references.) (MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Compaq Computers (Australia).; Western Sydney Univ., Macarthur (Australia).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia