Young children and digital technology: Australian early childhood education and care sector adults’ perspectives

Juliana Zabatiero
Curtin University

Ana Mantilla
Susan Edwards
Australian Catholic University

Susan Danby
Queensland University of Technology

Leon Straker
Curtin University

This paper reports on the findings of a sector-wide survey conducted as part of a multi-component process in Early Childhood Australia’s development of a national Statement on young children and digital technology for those working within early childhood education and care (ECEC) settings. The survey sought broad comment and feedback from the Australian ECEC sector regarding adult perspectives on young children and digital technology. The cross-sectional online survey included 12 Likert scale items and three open-ended questions. Five hundred and fifteen participants representing various roles, ages and locations completed the survey. Findings suggest the sector holds diverse and complex perspectives, including appreciation for the learning and teaching opportunities afforded via technology, and concerns for children’s health and digital citizenship. Findings also highlight the need for evidence-based practices and sector-wide support in the pedagogical use of technology that enhances children’s physical, emotional and social health and development.

Australasian Journal of Early Childhood—Volume 43 Number 2 June 2018.

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