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ERIC Number: EJ1179396
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1381-2890
Parents' Attitudes toward the Perceived Usefulness of Internet-Related Instruction in Preschools
Chen, Ru-Si; Tu, Chia-Ching
Social Psychology of Education: An International Journal, v21 n2 p477-495 Apr 2018
Integrating Internet-related applications into preschool instructional activities can enable children to develop multiple aspects of their learning abilities as well as their cognitive, affective, and relevant skills. Because of the trends toward an Internet society and parents' expectations from preschools, many teachers have considered parents' perceptions about the usefulness of the Internet in daily life and in workplace settings. This study examined the impacts of parents' attitudes toward Internet use and their expectations of preschools to use Internet-related applications. We administered a questionnaire in Taiwan comprising five factors: usefulness, work value, preschool expectations, teacher competence, and learning performance. The survey data were analyzed using structural equation modeling. The findings revealed that parents perceived the Internet as an innovative and useful tool that enhances their lives and improves their work performance. Their perceptions toward the usefulness and work value of Internet-related practices positively influenced their attitudes toward preschool expectations, and acknowledge the pedagogical advantages associated with integrating Internet-related applications into teaching for developing young children's learning abilities. The implications of the findings are also discussed in this paper.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan
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