The use of digital technologies is increasingly being used as a means of communicating with families. Yet very little is known about this new form of communication. This research will investigate and evaluate the way in which digital technologies are being used to facilitate connections between early childhood educators and families with young children.
Early childhood educators in pre-primary classrooms across WA will be invited to take part in a survey. Four of these pre-primary teachers will be invited to take part in a semi-structured interview. Approximately 32 parents/carers from four pre-primary schools will be invited to take part in a semi-structured interview. Approximately 8 children in each of the four pre-primary schools will be invited to take part in a focus group, a total of 32 children in groups of four. The survey, interview and focus group data will be designed to elicit participants' perceptions of the use and outcomes of digital communication.
The aim of this research is to investigate and evaluate the way in which digital technologies, such as mobile phone applications, short messaging services SMS, online learning management systems and classroom blog sites, are being used by pre-primary teachers to help make connections with families with young children.
March 2017- March 2018
Professor Caroline Barratt-Pugh
Dr Jenny Lane
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