Early childhood technology education: A sociocultural perspective

Kin Wai Michael Siu, Mei Seung Lam

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Abstract

We are living in a fast-changing, technology-driven world, where technology affects the daily lives of every person, directly or indirectly. While the importance of providing young children with technological knowledge and experience has been well-recognized, how the curriculum should be developed deserves greater study. Using early childhood education in Hong Kong as a case study, this paper argues that to be successful in planning and implementing a technology curriculum, we cannot consider only the technological aspects. We also need to take into consideration the social and cultural factors. Among various social and cultural factors, this paper focuses on: (a) the background of the students and their parents, (b) society's perceptions of technology, and (c) society's expectations of children who learn about technology, and (d) the approach and method of teaching and learning technology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-358
Number of pages6
JournalEarly Childhood Education Journal
Volume32
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2005

Keywords

  • Social and cultural factors
  • Technology education
  • Young children

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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