Meme'ing & poetic tweetin': exploring early childhood teachers' fears of digital technology use

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Abstract

The duoethnography extended over the course of two years, where the teacher-educators engaged in autobiography, extensive critical dialogue, and conversation about the discourses that EC teachers, who were enrolled in three literacy/technology university classes, held that impacted their taking up digital technologies and critical stances of media literacy. The duo-ethnographic study illuminates our teacher-educator understandings of EC teachers’ resistance to technology in preschools through autobiographical experiences interrogated via creative metaphoric conversations within Twitter Messages, Laurel Richardson's 'take three words' concept, and Zoom conversations in order to characterize the mindsets of EC teachers. This allowed us to construct multimodal creative responses to our personal histories and stories. Analysis showed 10 personas with themes linked to gender, age, students' resilience or resistance to technological challenges, their perception of childhood, and expectations of self and university. Future studies may explore ways that the characterized EC teachers may allay their fears in utilising media and technology while highlighting the benefit for students learning from pedagogies utilising such technology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages39
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2019
EventNational Association for Media Literacy Education 2019: A Path Forward: Elevating Conversation, Unifying Voices - American University, Washington, United States of America
Duration: 26 Jun 201928 Jun 2019
https://namleconference.net/2019-conference/program-book/

Conference

ConferenceNational Association for Media Literacy Education 2019
Abbreviated titleNAMLE19
CountryUnited States of America
CityWashington
Period26/06/1928/06/19
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Keywords

  • Digital technology
  • Early childhood education

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