Making the Primary Grade Curriculum Relevant

By Teresa Buchanan and Sarah Liggett.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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While most educators have a clear understanding of the pedagogical uses of technology, few seem to be considering implications of emergent technologies for the primary grade curriculum. The curriculum, the content that is taught, in primary grades should shift in response to rapid advances in technology. Such a shift is made both necessary and practical by the widespread and growing use of ubiquitous mobile learning devices like handheld computers and smart phones with continual wireless internet access and multiple applications. The purpose of this paper is to suggest that mobile computing and other modern technologies that enable ubiquitous learning make much of the content taught in primary grades irrelevant.

Keywords: Early Childhood Education, Primary Grades, Curriculum, Technology

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.151-166. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.995MB).

Dr. Teresa Buchanan

Associate Professor, Educational Theory, Policy, and Practice, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA

Teresa Buchanan, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the College of Education at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. She has been a professor of early childhood education for 16 years and she is most interested in the influences of context on teaching.

Sarah Liggett

Louisiana State University, USA

Sarah Liggett, Ph.D., is a full professor in the Department of English at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. She is the director of the LSU Writing Center and LSU’s award-winning Communication Across the Curriculum program. Her primary research interests are research methodology in composition and writing pedagogy; writing program assessment and administration; and teacher preparation.