Dunn, J., Gray, C., Moffett, P., and Mitchell, D. (2018) ‘It’s more funner than doing work’: children’s perspectives on using tablet computers in the early years of school

‘It’s more funner than doing work’: children’s perspectives on using tablet computers in the early years of school

Journal Article

Abstract

There is a clamour of voices around the contemporary issue of tablet computers in early years education. A growing body of research presents the potential of tablet computers to transform education, provide unprecedented learning opportunities and positive outcomes for young children and offer rich opportunities for independent learning and collaborative interaction. However, this is tempered with disquiet from a number of sources which posit that digital devices are diminishing children’s play and are an affront to childhood. Many of these polemic debates come from adult perspectives yet children are the key users in the dizzying advancement of technology and their views are a crucial element in understanding the conceptualisation of tablet devices as pedagogical tools. This paper takes a children’s rights approach in acknowledging that children have the right to have their voices heard and their experiences understood. Therefore, this paper seeks to add further insights to the debates on digital technology in early years education by presenting the views of one of the central players within this debate – young children.

Output Information

Jill Dunn, Colette Gray, Pamela Moffett & Denise Mitchell (2018) ‘It’s more funner than doing work’: children’s perspectives on using tablet computers in the early years of school, Early Child Development and Care, 188:6, 819-831, DOI: 10.1080/03004430.2016.1238824

Published Output URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2016.1238824

Received: 15/06/2016 Accepted: 16/09/2016 Published: 05/10/2016