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A study of the impact of technology in early education
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study is to analyse the current state of the use of Information and communication technology (ICT) and its impact on pupils in their early stages of education. The aim is to find out how, when and in what context ICT is used in the work with students. The overall objective is to study teachers views on ICT and their opinion on how ICT does affects pupils - positively or negatively. The results of this study are based on both a literature review and a qualitative study. The use of the qualitative methods in-depth interviews and surveys in strategically chosen primary schools extended the understanding and knowledge of the current state of ICT in early education. The result of this study shows a number of different aspects and issues that introduction of ICT into early education has caused and how it influences both teachers and students. As a result of the interviews and the survey answers, the main factors that have to the highest degree influence on how ICT does affects pupils are the access to technology and the abilities of both students and teachers. Despite all negative effects that ICT may be associated with, it can be concluded that the impact of ICT on students is positive in most cases.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
UPTEC IT, ISSN 1401-5749 ; 14 009
National Category
Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-229582OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-229582DiVA: diva2:737018
Educational program
Master of Science Programme in Information Technology Engineering
Available from: 2014-08-11 Created: 2014-08-11 Last updated: 2014-08-11Bibliographically approved

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