University of Oulu

Pekka Mertala (2017): Wonder children and victimizing parents – preservice early childhood teachers’ beliefs about children and technology at home, Early Child Developmentand Care, DOI: 10.1080/03004430.2017.1324434

Wonder children and victimizing parents : preservice early childhood teachers’ beliefs about children and technology at home

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Author: Mertala, Pekka1
Organizations: 1Faculty of Education, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: embargoed
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe201708258224
Language: English
Published: Taylor & Francis, 2017
Publish Date: 2018-11-08
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Abstract

In this study, written assignments from preservice early childhood teachers were examined to find answers to the following research questions: [1] What beliefs do preservice teachers have about children and technology at home? [2] How are parents represented in preservice teachers’ beliefs about children and technology? [3] What are the relationships between these beliefs and preservice teachers’ views about the role of t echnology in early childhood education? Preservice teachers in this study had idolized beliefs about children and discriminating beliefs about parents. Children were believed to be born-competent technology users. Parents were believed to lack the skills or will needed to regulate their children’s technology use. It was expressed to be the responsibility of early childhood education to ensure that play and social interaction are still included in young children’s lives. These findings propose that students’ beliefs about children and parents need to be afforded attention in educational technology courses.

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Series: Early child development and care
ISSN: 0300-4430
ISSN-E: 1476-8275
ISSN-L: 0300-4430
DOI: 10.1080/03004430.2017.1324434
OADOI: https://oadoi.org/10.1080/03004430.2017.1324434
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
518 Media and communications
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Funding: This work was supported by Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation [Jenny ja Antti Wihurin Rahasto].
Copyright information: © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Early Child Development and Care on May 8th 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03004430.2017.1324434