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Just picking it up? Young children learning with technology at home

Plowman, Lydia and McPake, Joanna and Stephen, Christine (2008) Just picking it up? Young children learning with technology at home. Cambridge Journal of Education, 38 (3). pp. 303-319. ISSN 0305-764X

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    Abstract

    We describe a two-year empirical investigation of three- and four-year-old children's uses of technology at home, based on a survey of 346 families and 24 case studies. Using a sociocultural approach, we discuss the range of technologies children encounter in the home, the different forms their learning takes, the roles of adults and other children, and how family practices support this learning. Many parents believed that they do not teach children how to use technology. We discuss parents' beliefs that their children 'pick up' their competences with technology and identify trial and error, copying and demonstration as typical modes of learning. Parents tend to consider that their children are mainly self-taught and underestimate their own role in supporting learning and the extent to which learning with technology is culturally transmitted within the family.

    Item type: Article
    ID code: 26265
    Keywords: technology, culture, early childhood education, informal education, parents, Education (General), Education
    Subjects: Education > Education (General)
    Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Education > Education
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      Depositing user: Mr David McMinn
      Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2010 14:24
      Last modified: 05 Sep 2014 13:39
      URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/26265

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