A review of the article The role of technology in early childhood learning by Douglas Clements and Julie Sarama.
… still researchers that disagree with this assessment. They then go on to note that they will investigate this negative research, a claim that they fail to fulfil in any significant way. The paper is largely a discussion of the positive aspects of the role of computers, with very little time given to potential negatives.
In the following paragraphs, Clements and Sarama delve into the evidence that points to the developmental appropriateness of computers in the preschool classroom. They note that children are highly comfortable using computers, and that computers are often easily accessible even to children with physical and emotionaldisabilities. Further, the authors then go on to present evidence that computers are helpful in facilitating social interaction in children with special needs.
Clements and Sarama then investigate the positive role of the computer on the social interaction in early childhood education. They note that an early concern in computer use in the classroom was that computers would isolate children. However, the authors believe that this is no longer the case. They then note research strongly suggest that computers increase collaborative work and social play.
The role of different kinds of software in generating different types of interactions is then …