Young children’s social cooperation behaviors while using ICT: a case study

2018-08-31
Konca, Ahmet Sami
Erden, Feyza
This research focuses on children's social cooperation behaviours during active or passive use of digital technologies. Young children’s behaviours and social interactions around technology have been widely investigated by the researchers (Charissi & Rinta, 2014; Gomet et al., 2013; Heft & Swaminathan, 2002; Lim, 2012). Considering the importance of cooperation in ECE, it is important to investigate and support children's social cooperation behaviours during active or passive use of ICT. The term of active and passive use of ICT has emerged as ICT become more widespread (Calvert, 2015). In addition, social cooperation is defined as two or more individuals working together with a common goal. This qualitative study is designed as a case study. An observation form is constructed and used within the framework Social Cooperation sub-dimension of Merrell's PKBS. Six family visits was conducted to a 5-years child's home. Voluntariness of the family and confidentiality of the data were ensured. The child had access to television, tablet and smartphone. The child had a play circle, tablet/smartphone-traditional play-television. Active and passive exposure of the child were observed during visits. Besides, multitasking was frequently observed. Multitasking occurred both digital-digital and digital-traditional play. He displayed some cooperative behaviours. However, child's behaviours varied as to multitasking, passive exposure and content of active 128 exposure. Transitions between traditional and digital game can play a vital role on combining digital and traditional play. Future research is need for deeper information about the barriers (such as active/passive exposure, multitasking) of children's social cooperation during digital play. This work was supported by the Ahi Evran University Scientific Research Projects Coordination Unit. Project Number: EGT.A3.17.013
Citation Formats
A. S. Konca and F. Erden, “Young children’s social cooperation behaviors while using ICT: a case study,” presented at the 28th EECERA Annual Conference: Early Childhood Education, Families and Communities (2018), Budapest, Hungary, 2018, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/83653.