Perspectives on Computer Use for the Education of Young Children
Ni Chang, Mary Lou Rossini, Alex C. Pan, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, ISBN 978-1-880094-25-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Chin (1984) predicted that all the children in preschools would have access to computers by 1989. However, the growth rate of computers in early childhood classrooms seemed very slow by 1991 when approximately 25 percent of early childhood programs had children using computers (Haugland & Wright, in press). Though the high cost of software and hardware contributed lack of use, lack of staff development, and administrative support have also hindered the implementation of technology in classrooms as well. The use of the computer in an early childhood classroom remains limited and controversial. Although there is a growing trend in early childhood classroom to invest in technology as a means to facilitate teaching and learning, many issues remain unclear to early childhood educators and deserve a careful examination.
Chang, N., Rossini, M.L. & Pan, A.C. (1997). Perspectives on Computer Use for the Education of Young Children. In J. Willis, J. Price, S. McNeil, B. Robin & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 1997--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1337-1340). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).