Integrating Computer Technology in Early Childhood Education Environments: Issues Raised by Early Childhood Educators

  • Eileen Wood
  • Jacqueline Specht
  • Teena Willoughby
  • Julie Mueller

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to assess the educators’ perspectives on the introduction of computer technology in the early childhood education environment. Fifty early childhood educators completed a survey and participated in focus groups. Parallels existed between the individually completed survey data and the focus group discussions. The qualitative data provided a richer understanding of the issues faced by these educators. Thematic analyses of the focus group discussions revealed that many of the educators’ concerns involved the effect of technology on the educators themselves, with secondary emphasis on how computers affected the students and parents. Although educators generally supported the integration of computers, they also identified critical concerns and limitations.
Published
2008-07-01