Early Childhood Education Journal

, Volume 37, Issue 5, pp 335–343 | Cite as

Missing the Boat with Technology Usage in Early Childhood Settings: A 21st Century View of Developmentally Appropriate Practice

  • Howard P. Parette
  • Amanda C. Quesenberry
  • Craig Blum


Technology use permeates virtually all aspects of twenty-first century society, though its integration in early childhood settings and recognition as a developmentally appropriate practice remains problematic. A position is taken that education professionals may be ‘missing the boat’ by not embracing technology usage as a developmentally appropriate practice. Concerns are presented that both preservice education and inservice professional development require substantial improvement if early childhood education professionals are to both recognize the role of technology in developmentally appropriate practice and develop skills in using it in classroom settings.


Technology Developmentally appropriate practice Preservice education Professional development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Howard P. Parette
    • 1
  • Amanda C. Quesenberry
    • 2
  • Craig Blum
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Special EducationIllinois State UniversityNormalUSA
  2. 2.Department of Curriculum and InstructionIllinois State UniversityNormalUSA
  3. 3.Department of Special EducationIllinois State UniversityNormalUSA

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