Parents' Attitudes toward the Perceived Usefulness of Internet-Related Instruction in Preschools
SPEAIJ Volume 21, Number 2, ISSN 1381-2890
Integrating Internet-related applications into preschool instructional activities can enable children to develop multiple aspects of their learning abilities as well as their cognitive, affective, and relevant skills. Because of the trends toward an Internet society and parents' expectations from preschools, many teachers have considered parents' perceptions about the usefulness of the Internet in daily life and in workplace settings. This study examined the impacts of parents' attitudes toward Internet use and their expectations of preschools to use Internet-related applications. We administered a questionnaire in Taiwan comprising five factors: usefulness, work value, preschool expectations, teacher competence, and learning performance. The survey data were analyzed using structural equation modeling. The findings revealed that parents perceived the Internet as an innovative and useful tool that enhances their lives and improves their work performance. Their perceptions toward the usefulness and work value of Internet-related practices positively influenced their attitudes toward preschool expectations, and acknowledge the pedagogical advantages associated with integrating Internet-related applications into teaching for developing young children's learning abilities. The implications of the findings are also discussed in this paper.
Chen, R.S. & Tu, C.C. (2018). Parents' Attitudes toward the Perceived Usefulness of Internet-Related Instruction in Preschools. Social Psychology of Education: An International Journal, 21(2), 477-495.