Top 4 Socarxiv Papers Today in Education


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#1. The value of toys: 6–8-year-old children's toy preferences and the functional analysis of popular toys
Pekka Mertala, Hannele Karikoski, Liisa Tähtinen, Vesa-Matti Sarenius
The aim of this study was to explore the kinds of toy preferred by 6–8-year-old children, asking: how, and on what basis, do children rationalize their preferences for particular toys? Data were collected by interviewing children in their homes. Children chose eight toys from a tailored catalog and explained why they wanted those particular items. Toys were analyzed with the aid of a framework designed to test their functional manipulation potential. The children's reasoning was analyzed by means of inductive content analysis. Two kinds of values were found: (1) those which reside in the toy itself and (2) those which children give to toys. Sub-categories relating to material, social, and personal values were identified from the given values. The present paper deepens knowledge of the value of toys not only as playthings but also as cultural artifacts which children use as one form of their voice.
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#2. Young children’s perceptions of ubiquitous computing and the Internet of Things
Pekka Mertala
Ubiquitous computing (ubicomp) and the Internet of things (IoT) are turning into everyday household technology at an ever‐increasing pace, for example, in the form of connected toys. However, while ubicomp and IoT are changing and shaping children’s digital and technological landscape, not much is known about how children perceive these omnipresent and concealed forms of digital technology. This qualitatively oriented paper explores 3‐ to 6‐year‐old Finnish children’s perceptions of ubicomp and IoT via interviews and a design task. Initially, the children were skeptical toward the idea that tangible objects, such as toys, could be computer and/or Internet enabled. However, these perceptions were subject to change when children were introduced to a scientific conception of what computers and the Internet are and asked to apply their knowledge to a technological design task. Implications for early years digital literacy education are discussed in the paper.
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#3. Fun and games - Finnish children’s ideas for the use of digital media in preschool
Pekka Mertala
This study has used drawings from and interviews with 5–6 year-old Finnish children (N=103) to explore their ideas for the use of digital media in preschool. The main findings, based on data driven analysis, were the following: Playing commercial digital games was the most popular activity followed by media production, mainly photographing. Computers, tablets and cameras were the most popular devices. Digital media was understood to be more about leisure than learning. Pedagogical implementations are discussed.
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#4. Opportunities and Challenges of State-financed Open Educational Resources: The Norwegian model – a way to more inclusion?
Frank J. Müller
This publication deals with the experiences of employees, cooperation partners and opponents of the Norwegian large scale OER platform NDLA. Since 2006, the counties in Norway have been financing OER, thus ensuring access to high-quality educational materials. In 13 interviews, opportunities and challenges are analysed from the perspective of the experts. Quality assurance, professionalization processes, user-oriented design as well as licensing issues and the development of a new platform are also discussed. The potential of open educational resources for inclusive education is shown.
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