Digital Pedagogy from the Perspective of Early Childhood Education

Digital Pedagogy from the Perspective of Early Childhood Education

Michael Vitoulis, Evangelia Laloumi-Vidali
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9634-1.ch005
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The context of this proposed chapter attempts to approach the concept of “digital pedagogy” focused on particular educational conditions of preschool education. It attempts to support the compelling reasons that require broadening the scope of the theory of “digital pedagogy” in early childhood education. It looks forward to the articulation of traditional pedagogical theories in conjunction with the fundamental principles of “digital pedagogy”, elaborates further risks and suggests possible limitations, and highlights a deliberation associated with digital pedagogy from the perspective of early childhood education. It describes a framework for implementing digital pedagogies in order to exploit the professional development of early childhood educator.
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Pedagogy is the discipline that deals with the theory and practice of education; it concerns the study and practice of how best to teach. According to Freire and Macedo (1987) pedagogy helps educators to understand their teaching in local and global contexts, to help them to “read the world” of their practice. According to Watkins and Mortimore (1999) pedagogy is defined as “any conscious activity by one person designed to enhance learning in another”. Good teachers are intellectually curious about pedagogy (Leach & Moon, 2008). In this context we will try to analyze the concept of the Digital Education.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Early Childhood Education: A section of education theory, that is intended to effect developmental changes in children and relates to the teaching of young children (formally and informally), prior to their entry into elementary school.

Digital Pedagogy: It is mainly a critical pedagogical approach, exploits thoughtfully digital tools in learning, and examines in depth their impact on applied pedagogies.

Participatory Web: The new dimension of Web that gives opportunities for participation by ordinary users and emphasizes users' active involvement to generate and share content.

Blog: A kind of website, easy to create, through which the user can publish on the web chronologically arranged posts.

TUIs: Tangible user interfaces are a digital paradigm in which a person interacts through the real world with digital information.

ICTs: Information and Communication Technologies used in education, concern a set of converging technological tools, used to communicate, create and manage information.

Wiki: A kind of website, easy to create and manage that allows more than one users to edit its content.

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