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Computers and play in early childhood: affordances and limitations

Verenikina, I., Herrington, J., Peterson, R. and Mantei, J. (2010) Computers and play in early childhood: affordances and limitations. Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 21 (1). pp. 271-291.

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The widespread proliferation of computer games for children as young as six months of age, merits a reexamination of their manner of use and a review of their facility to provide opportunities for developmental play. This article describes a research study conducted to explore the use of computer games by young children, specifically to investigate the affordances and limitations of such games and the features of children's traditional play that can be supported and further enhanced by different kinds of computer play. Computer games were classified and selected according to game characteristics that support higher order thinking. Children aged 5 and 7 were observed playing the games, and findings are given, together with suggestions for further research.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Education
Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education
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