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Appears in Collections:Faculty of Social Sciences Journal Articles
Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Children, play and computers in pre-school education
Author(s): Plowman, Lydia
Stephen, Christine
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Keywords: Pre-school
Computers and children
Technology and children
Technology Study and teaching (Elementary)
Issue Date: Mar-2005
Date Deposited: 30-Sep-2008
Citation: Plowman L & Stephen C (2005) Children, play and computers in pre-school education. British Journal of Educational Technology, 36 (2), pp. 145-157.
Abstract: The paper reports a study designed to inform the development of an information and communication technology strategy for the pre-school years of education. The main methods of collecting evidence were observations at seven pre-school settings and interviews with at least two practitioners and a number of children at each site. Practitioners generally referred to children “playing with the computer”. We describe some of the problems to be found in the emphasis on free play in nurseries and play groups when this means children are using computers as complete novices. There were few examples of peer support; adults rarely intervened or offered guidance and the most common form of intervention was reactive supervision. Interaction with a computer was therefore a limited experience for most children, but we provide examples of guided interaction that suggest a way forward for professional development.
DOI Link: 10.1111/j.1467-8535.2005.00449.x
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