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Investigating Young Children's Home Technological Language and Experience [microform] / Marilyn Fleer
Bib ID 5604550
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Author
Fleer, Marilyn
 
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Description [S.l.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1996 
19 p. 
Summary

Technology education as a key learning area can be viewed as the designing, making, and appraising of systems, materials, and information. This study examined young Australian children's technological experiences prior to beginning school in order to build on their learning base in curriculum planning. The purposes of the research were to: (1) investigate the range of home experiences young children have in planning, making, and appraising activities and products; (2) study whether and which home experiences influence children's approaches and abilities to plan technological activities; and (3) suggest ways of building on children's natural planning techniques to enhance, develop, and widen their planning strategies. Data were collected through interviews with 12 children (mean age of 4 years, 3 months) attending a preschool and child care center. Results indicated that children were able to outline how they spent their days and how decisions were made regarding the day's events. They showed varying levels of understanding regarding planning. Children participated in a range of home activities where they made things, mostly with materials rather than with information or systems, and usually focusing on people and home maintenance. Information technologies were most often associated with passive viewing or receiving; for example, children listened to tapes and did not construct their own audio tapes. Most planning activities occurred orally, with some two-dimensional activities such as writing a shopping list. Children did not understand the concept of appraisal so this area could not be assessed. (Contains 13 references.) (KDFB)

Notes

ERIC Note: In: Australian Research in Early Childhood Education. Volume 1, 1996; see PS 025 254.

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Curriculum Design.  |  Curriculum Development.  |  Early Experience.  |  Family Environment.  |  Family School Relationship.  |  Foreign Countries.  |  Planning.  |  Preschool Children.  |  Preschool Education.  |  Technology.  |  Australia
Form/genre Reports, Research.  |  Speeches/Meeting Papers.
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