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ERIC Number: EJ1079438
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0966-9760
ICT and Play in Preschool: Early Childhood Teachers' Beliefs and Confidence
Nikolopoulou, Kleopatra; Gialamas, Vasilis
International Journal of Early Years Education, v23 n4 p409-425 2015
This study investigated early childhood teachers' beliefs about information and communications technology (ICT) and play in preschool, as well as their confidence in integrating ICT in the classroom. A 28-item questionnaire was compiled and administered to 190 early childhood teachers in Greece. Although ICT play (which can provide learning opportunities) has largely replaced traditional childhood play, in Greece, there is inadequate integration of ICT in early childhood education. In this study, two factors were extracted: "playing with ICT as an effective mode of learning and developing children's technological competence" and "ICT use as free play". The fewer the years of teaching experience and the higher the teachers' computer self-efficacy, the stronger was the view that ICT play is not just free play. Teachers' beliefs and confidence affect their classroom practices and, consequently, the children's learning. Viewing ICT as a mode of learning that should be embedded in the curriculum is expected to lead to ICT integration in a teacher's daily practices. The implications for in-service teacher training are therefore discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Greece
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