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Computer Use in Preschools: Directors' Reports of the State of the Practice

Author(s): Sharon A. Lynch | Laverne Warner

Journal: Early Childhood Research & Practice
ISSN 1524-5039

Volume: 6;
Issue: 2;
Date: 2004;
Original page

Keywords: Child Care | Computers | Young Children | Texas

For a number of years, authorities in the field of early education have questioned whether computers should be used in classrooms of young children. In response to the controversy surrounding computers and young children, this study investigated directors' reports of the use of computers in Texas child care facilities. Directors of licensed child care programs responded to a survey of 12 questions about computer use in their centers. Results from the majority of respondents indicated that preschool children begin using computers in child care centers between ages 2 and 4 years, regardless of socioeconomic status. Directors responded that the most important goal in children's use of computers was to extend concepts learned in the classroom. The preferred method of instruction in computer use was individual instruction; the most common form of supervision was an adult monitoring a specific classroom zone. The most common placement of computers was in a special learning center in the classroom.

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