Technology in early childhood education: Electronic books for improving students’ literacy skills


KAYNAR N., SADIK O., BOICHUK E.

TechTrends, vol.64, pp.911-921, 2020 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 64
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s11528-020-00520-5
  • Journal Name: TechTrends
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index, Scopus, Academic Search Premier, IBZ Online, EBSCO Education Source, Education Abstracts, Educational research abstracts (ERA), ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)
  • Page Numbers: pp.911-921
  • Keywords: Early childhood education, Electronic books, Literacy, Parental guidance, Electronic badges, YOUNG-CHILDREN, DIGITAL BADGES, TEACHERS, PERCEPTIONS, INVOLVEMENT, INTEGRATION, VOCABULARY, CLASSROOM, BARRIERS, READERS

Abstract

This paper examines teachers' perceptions about using electronic books (e-books) in early childhood education to improve students' literacy skills. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 13 teachers in three different schools for this aim. Thematic analysis technique was used to analyze the views. The findings suggest that teachers' perceptions of e-books are generally positive. During the interviews, most of the teachers stated that using e-books in early childhood increased the students' interest in reading and their reading competencies. As a mechanism for rewarding, electronic badges integrated into the e-books were reported as a positive factor increasing the students' interest in reading. However, technical problems and parents' limited guidance were reported as the biggest challenges for the students and the teachers in the study.