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Developmentally Appropriate LOGO Computer Programming with Young Children


ITCE Volume 2001, Number 1, ISSN 1522-8185 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)


The Iowa Early Childhood Papert Partnership (IECPP), a partnership among two public school systems, a private uni-versity school of education, a Head Start agency, a state area educational support agency, and renown technology theorist Seymour Papert, explored ways that LOGO computer pro-gramming can be used in developmentally appropriate ways with young children. The National Association for the Edu-cation of Young Children (NAEYC), defined developmental-ly appropriate practice as (a) age appropriateness, (b) individ-ual appropriateness, and (c) sociocultural appropriateness. Each of these factors are considered, with particular attention being devoted to the developmental theories of Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson, Howard Gardner, and Lev Vygotsky. It is found that although Piaget is the theorist most commonly cit-ed with reference to young children's work with computers, LOGO programming by young children is also (perhaps even more strongly) supported by the theories of Erikson, Gardner, and Vygotsky. Implications for practice are discussed in de-tail, drawing on the experience of those who have introduced the Reggio Emilia approach in their early childhood pro-grams. Implications for curriculum design, pedagogy, family involvement, research, and development are all discussed.


GILLESPIE, C.W. & BEISSER, S. (2001). Developmentally Appropriate LOGO Computer Programming with Young Children. Information Technology in Childhood Education Annual, 2001(1), 229-244. Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved June 18, 2019 from .



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