Digital access to knowledge in the preschool classroom: Reports from Australia

Thorpe, Karen, Hansen, Julie, Danby, Susan, Mohamed Zaki, Filzah Zahilah, Grant, Sandra, Houen, Sandra, Davidson, Christina, & Given, Lisa M. (2015) Digital access to knowledge in the preschool classroom: Reports from Australia. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 32, pp. 174-182.

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Abstract

Australian preschool teachers’ use of Web-searching in their classroom practice was examined (N = 131). Availability of Internet-enabled digital technology and the contribution of teacher demographic characteristics, comfort with digital technologies and beliefs about their use were assessed. Internet-enabled technologies were available in 53% (n = 69) of classrooms. Within these classrooms, teacher age and beliefs predicted Web-searching practice. Although comfortable with digital access of knowledge in their everyday life, teachers reported less comfort with Web-searching in the context of their classroom practice. The findings identify the provision of Internet-enabled technologies and professional development as actions to support effective and confident inclusion of Web-searching in classrooms. Such actions are necessary to align with national policy documents that define acquisition of digital literacies as a goal and assert digital access to knowledge as an issue of equity.

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ID Code: 92445
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Early childhood education, Digital technology, Web-searching, Internet access, Teacher beliefs, Pedagogical practices
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecresq.2015.04.001
ISSN: 1873-7706
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
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Copyright Owner: © 2015 Elsevier Inc
Deposited On: 28 Jan 2016 23:31
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2016 21:39

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