A1 Journal article (refereed)
Preservice teachers’ beliefs about young children’s technology use at home (2021)

Dong, C., & Mertala, P. (2021). Preservice teachers’ beliefs about young children’s technology use at home. Teaching and Teacher Education, 102, Article 103325. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2021.103325

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Dong, Chuanmei; Mertala, Pekka

Journal or series: Teaching and Teacher Education

ISSN: 0742-051X

eISSN: 1879-2480

Publication year: 2021

Volume: 102

Article number: 103325

Publisher: Elsevier

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2021.103325

Publication open access: Not open

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/77992

Web address of parallel published publication (pre-print): https://edarxiv.org/mkpa9/


Teachers’ beliefs about young children’s technology use at home are intertwined with their beliefs about parents and their parenting practices. This paper reports a qualitative study of eight purposefully selected Chinese preservice early childhood (EC) teachers’ beliefs about children’s home technology use and associated representations of parents and teachers. The participants possessed inflated positive beliefs about young children’s natural technology competence but were worried that parents would expose children to content for prolonged periods. Teachers’ role was seen as responsible guides for children and educational authorities over parents. Implications for research and teacher education are discussed.

Keywords: early childhood education and care; early childhood education and care teachers; teacher training; conceptions; technology; technology education; children (age groups); children (family members); parents

Free keywords: early childhood education; teacher; belief; children; parents; technology

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Reporting Year: 2021

Preliminary JUFO rating: 3

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