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Digital Toys

The aim of this project is to investigate the ways that young children (4 to 7 years old) interact with familiar discrete programmable digital toys in a free play setting. This research project is designed to connect with the Digital Technologies subject in the Australian Curriculum through the following content descriptors: Processes Skills - Follow, describe and represent a sequence of steps and decisions (algorithms) needed to solve simple problems (ACTDIP004); Knowledge and Understanding - Identify, use and explore digital systems (hardware and software components) for a purpose (ACTDIK001).

Research Questions

  1. In what ways do young children interact with familiar programmable digital toys in a free play environment?
  2. Is there evidence of young children solving problems during free play using a sequence of steps and decisions?
  3. How much support do young children need to interact usefully with programmable digital toys?

Funding agency

Centre for Schooling and Learning Technologies

Project duration

August 2014 – July 2015


Researchers

Dr Martin Cooper
Associate Professor Paul Newhouse
Ms Zina Cordery

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