Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Parents’ Attitudes and Actions toward the Use of Technology in Early and Middle Childhood
by Kaiser, Magdalena, M.Ed., The William Paterson University of New Jersey, 2020, 74; 27739342
Abstract (Summary)

Technology and its unstoppable progression strongly influence people’s lives. The controversy whether technology has a positive or a negative impact is a very important question that a lot of us ask. The purpose of this study was to learn about parents’ attitudes and actions about their children’s use of electronics. The researcher also explored the effects of technology use in the classroom and the importance of electronics and its role in children’s daily lives. The participants of this study were 34 parents, 14 teachers, and 81 elementary school students. Data collection methods included a parent survey, a student survey, parent focus group, and classroom observation notes. Results present mixed findings with some contradictory answers showing that parents lack education about what are appropriate limits for the children’s electronics use. The findings also revealed that teachers see a great potential in technology and feel prepared to use it in their classrooms.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Seplocha, Holly
School: The William Paterson University of New Jersey
Department: Elementary Education
School Location: United States -- New Jersey
Source: MAI 81/8(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Early childhood education
Keywords: Child development, Digital play, Electronics, Parental attitudes, Technology, Traditional play
Publication Number: 27739342
ISBN: 9781392481295
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