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ERIC Number: EJ770744
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Oct
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-0966-9760
Information and Communication Technologies in Pre-School Settings: A Review of the Literature
Stephen, Christine; Plowman, Lydia
International Journal of Early Years Education, v11 n3 p223-234 Oct 2003
This article reviews the research evidence that relates to the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in pre-school settings. While there is widespread agreement that children should be helped to become confident users of ICTs, the literature presents a more qualified picture of potential benefits and barriers. The review considers the polarised debate about whether computer use is desirable for young children; the position of ICTs as one element in the multimedia mix experienced by children; evidence available about current ICT provision and practice in pre-school settings in the UK and perspectives on the contribution that ICTs make to learning. The need for adults and children to acquire ICT literacy skills is identified, along with a requirement that practitioners should be equipped to make appropriate resource choices. The way in which ICTs can play a compensatory and engaging role or further entrench disadvantage ("the digital divide") is discussed. The review concludes that the pedagogical imperative must remain with practitioners.
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom