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ERIC Number: EJ914275
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-1045-1064
An Analysis of Children's Literature Featured in the "Books to Briefs" Column of "Technology and Children," 1998-2008
Foster, Patrick N.
Journal of Technology Education, v21 n1 p25-43 Fall 2009
Beginning in 1998, the editors of "Technology and Children" ("T&C") have included 72 different children's books in a regular feature called "Books to Briefs." These columns are offered to teachers as a means of integrating design and technology activities into elementary-school curricula via children's literature. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the first 11 years of "Books to Briefs" columns, both as elementary reading-related activities and as technological literacy activities. Two broad research questions were addressed: (1) To what degree are "Books to Briefs" activities consonant with generally accepted principles of elementary reading instruction?; and (2) How robust are these activities as design challenges? To what degree do they exhibit the characteristics of good technology activities? Suggestions are offered as a way of increasing the degree to which "Books to Briefs" columns represent best practices in education. (Contains 4 figures, 8 tables, and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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