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Tangible Technologies for Childhood Education: A Systematic Review

Department of Computer Engineering and Systems, Faculty of Science, Avda. Astrofísico Francisco Sánchez, s/n, University of La Laguna, 38200 San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain
Department of Pedagogy, Faculty of Education, Psychology and Sports Sciences, Avda. Tres de Marzo s/n, University of Huelva, 21007 Huelva, Spain
Department of Financial Economics, Accounting and Operations Management, Faculty of Business, Campus of «La Merced» Plaza de la Merced, 11, University of Huelva, 21002 Huelva, Spain
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Sustainability 2019, 11(10), 2910;
Received: 20 February 2019 / Revised: 18 May 2019 / Accepted: 20 May 2019 / Published: 22 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Technology & Engineering Education )
This study reviews published scientific literature on the use of tangible technologies in childhood education, in order to (a) identify the what tangible technologies have been used, (b) recognize the educational purposes and uses these technologies of, and (c) present a synthesis of the available empirical evidence on its educational effectiveness. After systematically searching in WoS, 288 relevant articles were located and analyzed using the Science Mapping Analysis Software Tool from 1968 to 2018. Then, 29 relevant papers of the last five years were included in the review study. For each article, we analyze the purpose of the study, the type of tangible technology used, the research method applied, the sample characteristics and the main results observed. The articles reviewed suggest that the main tangible technology used in childhood education is the tablet and literacy (basic and emergent) is the area most studied with promising results. View Full-Text
Keywords: tangible technologies; childhood education; systematic Review tangible technologies; childhood education; systematic Review
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González-González, C.S.; Guzmán-Franco, M.D.; Infante-Moro, A. Tangible Technologies for Childhood Education: A Systematic Review. Sustainability 2019, 11, 2910.

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González-González, Carina S.; Guzmán-Franco, María D.; Infante-Moro, Alfonso. 2019. "Tangible Technologies for Childhood Education: A Systematic Review" Sustainability 11, no. 10: 2910.

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