Digital technologies, learning and school: practices and perceptions of young children (under 8) and their parents

Rita Brito, Patrícia Dias

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Abstract

This article explores the practices and perceptions of young children (under 8 years old) and their families about the use of digital technologies at school and their potential for learning, as well as the articulation between formal learning at school and informal learning at home. Data was collected through activities with children and their families, and then we used qualitative content analysis to explore them. The results show that the use of digital technologies at school is more common in Primary, being rare in Preschool. However, the pedagogical potential of devices like computers and tablets is under explored both in schools and at home. Parents consider that children under 8 are too young for using digital tools in school work and believe they are not prepared to do so yet (although children are actually tech-savvy).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-76
Number of pages13
JournalThe Online Journal of New Horizons in Education
Volume7
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017

Keywords

  • Young children (under 8)
  • School
  • Digital technologies
  • Learning

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