Encyclopedia of Education and Information Technologies

2020 Edition
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Educators and Children Perceiving Affordances with Working Technologies in Early Childhood Settings

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-10576-1_127



The range of digital technologies available in early childhood education (ECE) settings for children birth to 5 years has increased over the last decade. While somewhat limited literature exists across the ECE field, researchers have now begun to explore how children engage with technologies, rather than concentrate solely on the quantifying screen time exposure and impacts (Bird and Edwards 2015; Marsh et al. 2016). More specifically exploring how young children engage with provided technologies provided in ECE settings will increase the practitioner’s knowledge base and effectively promote children’s learning with technology devices. The types of technologies provided for children’s use are detailed below, along with professional learning, the perceived affordances with devices, how children respond to provided technologies, and a discussion on the effect of changing perceived affordances.


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This PhD research was undertaken while the author was in receipt of an Australian Government RTP Scholarship. Thank you also to Dr. Sue Elliott and Dr. Marg Rogers who provided feedback on earlier drafts.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia