Teachers’ perceptions of the impact of technology on children and young people's emotions and behaviours

Ventouris, Annita, Panourgia, Constantina and Hodge, Sarah (2021) Teachers’ perceptions of the impact of technology on children and young people's emotions and behaviours. International Journal of Educational Research Open, 2-2. p. 100081. ISSN 2666-3740

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Abstract

The development of new technology and the central role it plays in current times has allowed an increasing number of children and young people (CYP) to use it on a daily basis for academic, entertainment, and socialisation purposes. Although the role of technology in affecting CYP's mental health and education is well researched, there is a need to investigate the teacher perspective, considering educators’ pivotal role in supporting CYP's wellbeing and learning. Understanding the teacher perspective can provide important information about practical issues surrounding the use of technology in education and can provide insights into how their practices are affected by their views. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate teachers’ views on how use of technology affects CYP's emotions and behaviours. An exploratory, qualitative research approach was taken, and semi-structured interview data was collected from eight teachers and analysed thematically. The results suggested teachers recognised the importance of technology as a learning and teaching tool, as long as it is used in a balanced way; there was also a consensus on the negative consequences of the ‘socioeconomic digital divide’ on CYP's emotions and behaviours. However, they held conflicting opinions on issues related to the impact of technology on socialisation processes, self-esteem, and the demonstration of specific behaviours like social isolation. Teachers’ perceptions can inform strategies for using technology effectively in the classroom and for supporting CYP's mental health and wellbeing, which, now more than ever, should be at the forefront of whole-school approaches.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Technology, CYP, Teachers’ perceptions, Emotions, Behaviour, Mental health, Wellbeing
Subjects: Medicine and health > Mental health
Education > Teaching and learning > Technology-enhanced learning
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Depositing User: Annita Ventouris
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2021 11:55
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2021 09:26
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/8301

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