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Preschool student teachers, technology, and gender: positive expectations despite mixed experiences from their own school days
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6016-4416
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2014 (English)In: Early Child Development and Care, ISSN 0300-4430, E-ISSN 1476-8275, Vol. 184, no 12, 1948-1959 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Swedish preschool curriculum emphasises preschool teachers' task to stimulate children's interest in science and technology. Technology education, however, has not always had a given place in Swedish early childhood education, and this has been associated with female preschool teachers' fear of technology. This qualitative study explores how students training to be teachers in Swedish preschool view both the technology education they themselves received during their school days and their future task of teaching technology in preschool. The study's empirical material is an assignment that the students did within their Preschool Teacher Programme. Seventy-nine students, including 77 women and 2 men, described their experiences in writing. Many students describe a boring technology education which made them, as girls, feel marginalised. However, there were also those who felt quite at ease with their technology classes. Nevertheless, the students, regardless of their former experiences, have a positive attitude towards the task of teaching technology. Technology education in preschool is viewed as something quite different from the technology education they themselves had in school. The students stress that technology in early childhood education should be something that children and preschool teachers explore together.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2014. Vol. 184, no 12, 1948-1959 p.
Keyword [en]
preschool, student teachers, technology education, masculinity
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Pedagogy
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Pedagogics and Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-38804DOI: 10.1080/03004430.2014.896352OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-38804DiVA: diva2:775266
Available from: 2014-12-31 Created: 2014-12-31 Last updated: 2016-04-28Bibliographically approved

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