Observing children when using computers with a focus on their self-esteem

Maria Hatzigianni, Kay Margetts

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Abstract

Children are born into a rich technological environment and by the time they attend preschool they already have accumulated a wide variety of technological experiences, skills and knowledge. This paper reports on part of a project undertaken in Melbourne, Australia, which had as a primary aim to explore the existence or not of a relationship between computer use and young (4-6 year old) children's self-esteem. Observing children's interactions with computers was one of the data collection methods utilised in this study. The twofold analysis of the observations, the findings related to self-esteem and children's interactions with computers are the focus of this paper and are considered to be interesting and useful for the early childhood educators.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-86
Number of pages18
JournalInternational research in early childhood education
Volume1
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • computers
  • self-esteem
  • early childhood
  • preschool education
  • participant observation

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