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ERIC Number: EJ818006
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-1357-5279
Learning and Development in the Nursery Setting: The Value of Promoting Emergent Information and Communications Technology Skills
Mitchell, Denise R.; Dunbar, Carol A.
Child Care in Practice, v12 n3 p241-257 Jul 2006
This paper analyses the role of computers within the nursery sector and what are viewed as the potential benefits and concerns of introducing young children to computers. It also examines how the computer is introduced and presented to young children and the form it takes. Data collection comprises a number of methods: questionnaires, semi-structured observations of children using the computer in the nursery setting and interviews with nursery school teachers. Findings indicate that, where computers are present, they appear to be incorporated as a Play Centre where children are provided with adult support. The programs used tend to focus on early literacy and mathematics. Although organizational approaches vary across settings, it would seem that teachers who incorporate their use find computers providing a positive learning experience for young children who, in turn, are highly motivated and keen to exercise their emergent Information and Communications Technology skills. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom