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ERIC Number: EJ802641
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0002-4805
Integrating Computer Technology in Early Childhood Education Environments: Issues Raised by Early Childhood Educators
Wood, Eileen; Specht, Jacqueline; Willoughby, Teena; Mueller, Julie
Alberta Journal of Educational Research, v54 n2 p210-226 Sum 2008
The purpose of this study was to assess the educators' perspectives on the introduction of computer technology in the early childhood education environment. Fifty early childhood educators completed a survey and participated in focus groups. Parallels existed between the individually completed survey data and the focus group discussions. The qualitative data provided a richer understanding of the issues faced by these educators. Thematic analyses of the focus group discussions revealed that many of the educators' concerns involved the effect of technology on the educators themselves, with secondary emphasis on how computers affected the students and parents. Although educators generally supported the integration of computers, they also identified critical concerns and limitations.
University of Alberta, Faculty of Education. 845 Education Centre South, Edmonton, AB T6G 2G5, Canada. Tel: 780-492-7941; Fax: 780-492-0236; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A