Just Swipe and Learn? Use of Tablet Technology in Early Childhood Education Settings
Wednesday, June 27 12:40 PM-1:00 PM Location: De Wallen
Presider: Ellen Taricani, Penn State University, United States
Abstract: This presentation reports on the preliminary findings of a small-scale phenomenological study on the use of tablet technology to support children’s learning in Early Childood Education (ECE) settings in Otago, New Zealand. This qualitative study used a case study methodology (Neuman, 2011; Yin, 2014) with each of the ECE settings being considered a ‘case’. The study sought to explore if and how teachers currently use tablet technology to support children’s learning and explore the affordances and constraints of using tablet technology with young children. Understanding the professional development needs of ECE teachers, with respect to tablet technology use in early childhood education and in relation to young children’s learning, was also explored. Data were produced through online surveys which were subject to inductive analysis. Thirty-six surveys were analysed. Semi-structured interviews and setting observations are to be carried out in the next phase of the study.