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ERIC Number: ED543346
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 44
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
Study of Preschool Parents and Caregivers Use of Technology and PBS KIDS Transmedia Resources: A Report to the CPB-PBS "Ready to Learn Initiative"
Pasnik, Shelley; Llorente, Carlin
Education Development Center, Inc
Leaders of the CPB-PBS "Ready To Learn" Initiative understand the important role parents and caregivers play in ensuring young children's healthy development and academic learning. In order for young children, especially those living in traditionally underserved communities, to succeed at school and thrive outside of the classroom, educational involvement by the adults who care for them is essential. Therefore, like other respected public media programs that seek to support and educate families and their young children, "Ready To Learn" has made parents and home experiences an integral part of its work from the very beginning. The research reported in the Parents and Caregivers Study (Parents Study) builds on work that Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), and SRI International (SRI) began in Year 1 of the Ready To Learn Initiative through the Context Studies and have continued through Year 2 with the Preschool Pilot Study of PBS KIDS Transmedia Mathematics Content, infusing technology and transmedia into early childhood classrooms. The purpose of the Parents Study, especially when paired with the Context Study of the Use of Technology and PBS KIDS Transmedia in the Home Environment, is to make sense of what we are learning about transmedia in the classroom by considering and exploring connections to technology and media use at home. As the researchers discuss in detail, respondents to their parent survey and their focus group participants provided insight into and explanation of technology and media use in homes with young children. In particular, they learned that parents associate technology--and some devices more than others--with potential for learning. Researchers also discovered the varied and sometimes conflicting roles parents play when monitoring, limiting, or supporting technology use at home. Likewise, they attempted to uncover what it means for parents to find an experience with technology beneficial for learning and how they decide which activities are best for learning. These findings are only the beginning in understanding the truly complex and dynamic experience of families using technology and media at home, and how that use relates to in-school learning experiences. Individual sections contain footnotes. (Contains 10 figures.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED); Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Inc.; SRI International