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Sensomotor toy as a means of technical literacy in the pre – school period

Petra Zidanšek (2017) Sensomotor toy as a means of technical literacy in the pre – school period. Diploma thesis.

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    The basic purpose of my dissertation is to introduce an overall senso-motoric toy as an appropriate means to study the real world of design and technology, gain experiences and develop skills while manipulating with various technical objects. We wished to give a model of an early technical learning, with which we were very successful. In the theoretical section, the basic characteristics of design and technology and technical education are presented and explained. Further on we speak about the artistic and technical activities which bring joy, excitement and satisfaction to children. We also deal with sensorial integration which is important because it puts together all bits of information of all senses, that are combined in brains on one spot. This enables the brains to experience the situation as a whole, and uses the body to carry out the task. The empirical section gives a criterion-referenced design of a senso-motoric toy, together with its detailed description, pictures and technical drawings. We have also tested the toy in the kindergarten where several groups of children (185 children in total) from 2 to 6 years gained experiences from the designed senso-motoric toy. The toy was also evaluated by real educators. In a sample survey research 20 educators with their groups tested the senso-motoric board. Quantitative data gathering with own instrument for observation and a survey scale from 1 to 5 were used. Our aim was to find out what was the opinion of educators about the toy itself with objects from real life from which children are intimidated and even made afraid by adults. In this case it is mainly about objects of technical character. On the basis of research hypothesis the results show that most of the professional workers agree that the toy is appropriate for children to play and that the substance itself which the toy represents, is also very convenient. The most of professional workers think that the toy is the most appropriate for children aged 4 to 6 years and from 3 to 4 years. Even 50% of them believe that the toy would be suitable also for 2 to 3 years old children. Considering the playing of children, opinions of educators and my observations we can foresee the following changes: (1) the clock made of synthetic material should be replaced by a wooden clock that will be more resistant to blows, and (2) in the future, the miniature well will need a pool into which the water will flow out. The senso-motoric toy which we present in this dissertation is an appropriate medium for the development of technical knowledge both for the first as well as the second age period in the kindergarten. With our work the educators will get a better insight into the technical education and at the same time they will have a sample model for an early technical teaching and introduction of children into the world of design and technology.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: sensomotor, pre–school education, technical education, technical literacy, sensomotor toy
    Number of Pages: 69
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Stanislav AvsecMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=11864649)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 4904
    Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2017 12:47
    Last Modified: 13 Dec 2017 12:47
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/4904

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