text, technology, curriculum, primary education, video games, recreational technology, cognitive development, elementary school education, technology, learning
This research focuses on technology (specifically video games and interactive software games) and their effects on the cognitive development of children ages 4-8. The research will be conducted as a meta-analysis combining research and theory in order to determine if the educational approach to this age group needs to change/adapt to learners who have been affected by this technology. I will focus upon both the physical and mental aspects of their development and present a comprehensive review of current educational theory and practice. By examining current curriculum goals and cross-referencing them to research conducted in fields other than education (i.e. technology, child development, media literacy, etc.) I hope to demonstrate a need for change; and, at the end of my research, be able to make recommendations for curriculum adaptations that will work within the current educational structure. These recommendations will be made with respect to budget and time constraints.
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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
College of Arts and Humanities
Texts and Technology
Length of Campus-only Access
Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Templeton, Joey, "Recreational Technology And Its Impact On The Learning Development Of Children Ages 4-8: A Meta-analysis For The 21st Century Cl" (2007). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 3379.
Restricted to the UCF community until November 2007; it will then be open access.