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The affordances and limitations of computers for play in early childhood.

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Abstract


  • The developments of increasingly sophisticated computer technologies, and growing

    access to computers in both homes and schools, have seen a proliferation of computer

    programs and games in childrenÿs play. Such programs are commonly used in Early Childhood

    settings as appealing and valuable forms of computer-based play. Whilst it is important to

    judge such software on the basis of its learning outcomes, it is equally important to look at the

    developmental value of its play component. This paper provides a brief overview of classical

    and modern theories of play and presents a framework for using these theories as a basis for

    assessing the developmental value of computer software programs for young children. An

    example of this approach in practice, involving the evaluation of software by preservice Early

    Childhood educators, is presented.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Verenikina, I. M., Herrington, J. A., Peterson, R. & Mantei, J. (2008). The affordances and limitations of computers for play in early childhood.. In J. Luca & E. Weippl (Eds.), ED-MEDIA 2008: World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 3091-3100). Chesapeake, USA: AACE.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1064&context=edupapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/edupapers/63

Start Page


  • 3091

End Page


  • 3100

Place Of Publication


  • Chesapeake, USA

Abstract


  • The developments of increasingly sophisticated computer technologies, and growing

    access to computers in both homes and schools, have seen a proliferation of computer

    programs and games in childrenÿs play. Such programs are commonly used in Early Childhood

    settings as appealing and valuable forms of computer-based play. Whilst it is important to

    judge such software on the basis of its learning outcomes, it is equally important to look at the

    developmental value of its play component. This paper provides a brief overview of classical

    and modern theories of play and presents a framework for using these theories as a basis for

    assessing the developmental value of computer software programs for young children. An

    example of this approach in practice, involving the evaluation of software by preservice Early

    Childhood educators, is presented.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Verenikina, I. M., Herrington, J. A., Peterson, R. & Mantei, J. (2008). The affordances and limitations of computers for play in early childhood.. In J. Luca & E. Weippl (Eds.), ED-MEDIA 2008: World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 3091-3100). Chesapeake, USA: AACE.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1064&context=edupapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/edupapers/63

Start Page


  • 3091

End Page


  • 3100

Place Of Publication


  • Chesapeake, USA