The technological knowledge of early childhood pre-service educators
Campbell, Coral 2010, The technological knowledge of early childhood pre-service educators, in TERC 2010 : Proceedings of the 6th Biennial International Conference on Technology Education Research : Knowledge in Technology Education, [The International Technology Education Association ], [Surfers Paradise, Qld], pp. 83-91.
[The International Technology Education Association ]
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[Surfers Paradise, Qld]
With the current introduction of new national and state Early Years Frameworks and the increased interest and activity in educating early childhood educators, it was timely to investigate what knowledge, if any, early childhood educators had when it came to design technology. Although not prescriptive around technological understanding, the new Framework highlights children's learning related to "creativity", "exploration", "collaboration", and "problem-solving", in the context of connecting with people and technologies. This small pilot project asked 20 pre-service educators a number of questions designed to elicit both their understanding and their practices relating to technology. Responses were recorded and from those given, it was apparent that the Early childhood educators not only included technological activities in their daily practices with children, but generally had a basic understanding of technology, differentiated from other forms of learning activities.
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