Ilene R. Berson's research while affiliated with University of South Florida and other places

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Analysis of social media during the COVID-19 quarantine period in Mainland China provides access to a large amount of user-generated content for sentiment analysis during this unexpected and stressful time period. This study focuses on emotions that were communicated in the context of interactions between parents and young children to explore their...
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The rapid development of technologies has complicated its adoption and integration into early childhood teacher professional development in China. The government of China has developed policies and provided financial support to improve preschools’ ICT infrastructure. Whereas various studies have examined the digital technology development provided...
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The primary focus of this special issue will be re-thinking and reexamining the role of digital technologies and curriculum reforms in children’s lives given the social inequities perpetuated by the digital divide. This special issue may involve multiple fields, such as educational technology, curriculum studies, and child development. The coverage...
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Rapid development and expansion of technology has created massive shifts in people’s lives around the globe. China’s focus on transforming the nation into a global leader in technology has resulted in the proliferation of policies, which are typically interpreted as part of the Western neoliberal economic expansion and imperialism. However, in this...
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This review aims to synthesize existing studies to understand whether Chinese early childhood teachers are ready for digital transformation of their instruction and to describe research trends that define the current state of technology integration in early childhood settings throughout China. The literature was systematically searched using Englis...
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This article explores current public perceptions in Ghana about the National Literacy Acceleration Programme (NALAP), a mother tongue-based bilingual medium of instruction (MTB-BMoI) policy for early childhood education. The researchers conducted an exploratory study of public reactions towards the Minister for Education’s statement on revamping th...
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Drawing on data from preschools in Australia and the United States, the authors highlight strategies to help teachers demystify the process of engaging young learners with tangible technologies and showcase how robotic manipulatives serve as catalysts for peer collaboration, socio–emotional development, and creative problem solving.
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Through a collaboration between a university in the US Southeast and a university in Puerto Rico, the researchers explored the use of primary sources to challenge mainstream assumptions and views of Puerto Rico and support application of content and pedagogic approaches into early childhood and elementary classrooms among preservice teachers workin...
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The purpose of this research is to examine how and to what extent preservice teachers (PSTs) who engage in teacher inquiry develop a critical reflective stance towards their teaching practices in early childhood classrooms. As we, a team of early childhood teacher educators, incorporated teacher inquiry into our reformed early childhood teacher pre...
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Early childhood education has a role to play in constructing a sustainable society. In particular, increasing global attention has focused on how early childhood may help alleviate poverty among children and their families and promote economic growth. Part of this discourse involves the use of technology as a means to improve the quality of early c...
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This chapter reviews contemporary research that explores critical literacy as a framework for foundational skills necessary for the processes of teaching and learning about cultural, historical, and sociopolitical phenomenon. The capacity to critically read, analyze, and interpret informational sources aligns with disciplinary literacies in the soc...
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This study explored how developmentally appropriate practices influenced the affordances of a multitouch surface in an early childhood classroom. Children, ages 4 to 5 years old, were videotaped while engaged in a storymaking application on a multitouch table. As a result of the study, we found that some challenges with the functionality undermined...
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Students become actively engaged with Holocaust survivors through personal narratives on the USC Shoah Foundation website and can embark on video activities that deepen their comprehension of genocides.
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This study examined different types of child maltreatment fatalities and factors associated with child death in Florida. The study design consisted of a two-group comparison: children who died as a result of abuse and those who died as a result of neglect. Predictors for abuse- versus neglect-related death were analyzed using competing-risks surviv...
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On Monday morning, a collective shock was felt throughout the school as news spread of a student's death. John, a playful 5-year-old, had died in a car accident. One child in the class had witnessed the accident, but others had also heard of the tragedy from their parents or television news reports. Even children who were not classmates of the dece...
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This study examined characteristics and profiles of 196 child maltreatment perpetrators in Florida, including 126 who committed fatal assaults during 1999–2002. Results of logistic regression suggest that being a biologically unrelated caregiver is the strongest predictor of fatal child maltreatment. Latent Class Analysis (LCA) was used to classify...
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Panwapa, created by the Sesame Street Workshop of PBS, is an example of an initiative on the Internet designed to enhance students' learning by exposing them to global communities. Panwapa means "Here on Earth" in Tshiluba, a Bantu language spoken in the Democratic Republic of Congo. At the Panwapa website, www.panwapa.org, children aged four to se...
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A range of electronic resources, including video-based instruction, are used to promote cybersafety to young people at school. This evaluation analyzed seven distinct programs that use electronic media in Internet safety initiatives in schools. The findings highlight emerging evidence on successful approaches to engage children in assessing risky c...
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Faster and more efficient coverage on television and the Internet is increas-ingly exposing children to traumatic images of natural devastation both at home and abroad. Natural disasters, such as the wildfires in California or the trauma caused by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, have become common-place. Moreover, catastrophic events, like the Sa...
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Internet users continue to develop new ways of communicating online and disseminating information; one of these methods, the blog, also known as web log, has become a significant cultural phenomenon. Blogs offer an interactive medium for internet users to create and contribute content to the web. In some social studies classrooms, teachers are usin...
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Child-serving professionals have struggled to understand the often complex emotional and behavioral responses of children and youth who are immersed in interconnected environments and consumed by digital technologies. Acomparative analysis on challenging online behaviors of adolescent girls in the United States and New Zealand was completed. Survey...
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The Internet has provided an expansive environment that enhances many existing teaching and learning approaches while facilitating new activities that are free of traditional constraints. As a result of the potential for instantaneous interaction without regard for geographic, political, racial, social, and gendered borders, an increased amount of...
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Cybersafety, Digital Awareness, and Media Literacy Young people today consume huge amounts of information through various media outlets and simultaneously create and distribute their own messages via digital technologies. Because efforts to control access to information are fraught with diffi-culties, the most effective way to safeguard students fr...
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The social and cultural communities of the Internet provide a virtual venue with unique perspectives on power, identity, and gender. This paper presents an overview of the benefits and risks of Web-based interactions for youth. As an illustrative example, the psychosocial effects of online grooming practices which are designed to lure and exploit c...
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This research focuses on the evolving area of cyberviolence and draws on a pioneering study to discuss benefits and risks of online interaction among adolescent girls. This new area of inquiry introduces educators to the social and cultural communities of the Internet, a virtual venue with unique perspectives on power, identity, and gender for chil...
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This research focuses on the evolving area of cyberviolence and draws on a pioneering study to discuss benefits and risks of online interaction among adolescent girls. This new area of inquiry introduces educators to the social and cultural communities of the Internet, a virtual venue with unique perspectives on power, identity, and gender for chil...
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Teachers can help children deal with confusing emotions during times of crisis by listening to them and creating a comfortable environment. This paper explains what teachers can do in the aftermath of the attacks of September 11th, 2001, focusing on the impact of trauma, how children of different ages react and cope, safety and the future, and fost...
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Focuses on how to help young people cope with the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Discusses the reactions of students and social studies teachers. Explores how to discuss the students' feelings about the events to help them cope. Includes a list of Web sites. (CMK)
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Highlights online resources to promote civic action. Provides annotations for each web site in six categories: (1) health and human services; (2) professional organizations; (3) human rights resources; (4) child advocacy education; (5) Internet safety for children; and (6) child advocacy networks. (CMK)
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Responds to the article, "Separating Wheat from Chaff: Why Dirty Pictures are not the Real Dilemma in Using the Internet to Teach Social Studies." Maintains that creating a safe Internet environment is the responsibility of the adults not students and developing student skills in evaluating and validating information is not the answer. (CMK)
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Considers the reactions of children to natural disasters and discusses the use of natural disasters in the social studies curriculum. Provides a list of online resources that may assist elementary school teachers in educating their students about natural disasters. (CMK)
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Although educators play a critical role in identifying and preventing child sexual abuse; many lack confidence in their knowledge and ability to provide appropriate intervention services. This article provides background and practical information for teachers, examines barriers to success, and presents a model program designed to develop teachers'...
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New discoveries on human brain development can provide very useful and practical insight to the all-too-often puzzling emotional and behavioral responses of children and youth who access digital technologies. Implications of brain research for prevention initiatives that focus on cyberawareness and literacy are discussed, and recommendations for us...
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New disco veries on human brain development can provide very useful and practical insight to the all -too-often puzzling emotional and behavioral responses of children and youth who access digital technologies and engage in global exchanges. Implications of brain res earch for safety prevention initiatives that focus on cyberawareness and literacy...

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... Zhang and Lu (2013) pointed out in more detail that the mechanism of emotional contagion is: perception→[imitation→feedbacks (activate the mirror nervous system)] → emotion, that is, the subject perceives and imitates the emotion of other people and gets feedback from the imitation, and finally shows the personal emotion. Emotional contagion is a bi-directional influence process and each party influences the other in a dynamic relationship of influence (Luo et al., 2022). Emotional contagion is a ubiquitous phenomenon that occurs in many scenarios and is not limited to face-to-face or conscious interactions (Tajmirriyahi and Ickes, 2022;Xie et al., 2022). ...
... In future school years, workers can continue to utilize Zoom technology for some home visits might be beneficial in preventing cancelation, and this would ensure the safety of staff and family members from the transmission of COVID-19. These results align with a previous research outcome (Luo, Berson, & Berson, 2022). ...
... This is what triggers the emergence of a less caring, emotional, less honest and clean attitude in behaving towards fellow colleagues, students and the community. Based on the results of research conducted by Azhar (Arsyad, 2011) shows that the online learning method in the midst of the Covid-19 outbreak specifically for the Science Physics subject causes its own problems that are felt by both subject teachers and students, even parents of students (the community) (Luo et al., 2022). This is due to the difficulty of explaining formulas and calculation materials without going through face-to-face contact between teachers and students. ...
... To bring education equity to ECE, children's access to digital technologies and their digital literacy have become a main concern in the scholarly community, if not the whole society (Berson et al., 2022). Many children from low-SES families do not have the same access to and use of technology as their more advantaged peers (Janisse et al., 2018;Su et al., 2022). ...
... Western and Eastern influences have fused into Chinese society over these years of development, and the curriculum is driven by both Chinese traditions and rapid modernization (Fleer & Li, 2020;Li & Chen, 2017;Li et al., 2011;Yang & Li, 2018). The fusion of "Western neoliberalism" and "Chinese technology" is especially notable in the integration of technology in the ECE context (Luo et al., 2021a). Between 2012 and 2021, China's national technology policy has contributed to exponential changes in ECE that have gained increasing attention (Luo et al., 2021a). ...
... Additionally, student-teachers with student-centered beliefs and constructivist ideals have been found to effectively integrate technology (Mama & Hennessy, 2013;Hsu, 2016;Admiraal et al., 2017). While many student-teachers hold these positive attitudes, there still seem to be few instances of classroom implementation among the new generation of teachers (Bate, 2010;Agyei & Voogt, 2011;Luo et al., 2020). Several studies have investigated the reasons for such limited technology uptake among student-teachers and new teachers (Dawson, 2008;Bate, 2010;), with many findings that school culture and characteristics (e.g., infrastructure) influence integration (Choy et al., 2009;Sadaf et al., 2016;Alkhayat et al., 2020). ...
... Yuniarni (2022) mengungkapkan buruknya kualitas pembelajaran di PAUD meliputi belum maksimalnya kapasitas guru ketika mempergunakan teknologi informasi dan komunikasi yang diterapkan pada pembelajaran PAUD di sekolah. Penelitian sebelumnya mengungkapkan bahwasanya guru PAUD belum benar-benar siap untuk memaksimalkan pemakaian digitalisasi media di dalam kelas (Luo et al., 2021). Mereka mengatakan menimbun media digital sambil belajar saja tidak cukup. ...
... However, there are some cross-border languages spoken in Ghana and other West African countries. These include Ewe (Ghana, Togo and Benin), Hausa (Niger, Nigeria, Togo and Mali), Akan (Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire) and Yoruba (Nigeria and Benin) (Amuzu and Singler 2014;Afrifa, Anderson, and Ansah 2019;Bronteng, Berson, and Berson 2019). ...
... In many contexts, it is read as asking about nationality 2 or country of origin. However, it can be taken as an inquiry about other aspects of place of origin, for example, whether a person is from a rural or urban background (Berson, Berson, Osafo-Acquah, & Bronteng, 2019), or about where a person currently lives, for example, which suburb of a city they identify with (Starks & Taylor-Leech, 2018, online). Answers about cities and suburbs can be as delicate as those about nationality or country of origin because each answer, wittingly or unwittingly has the potential to convey information about a range of sensitive issues including wealth, class and in some suburbs, even sexuality. ...
... As traditional text-based literacy opens the door to a world of information, digital literacy authorizes entry into the digital world and all related learning opportunities (Daugherty et al., 2014). Digital literacy may allow new possibilities for developing basic motor (Bedford et al., 2016), social-emotional (Berson et al., 2019;Luo et al., 2021), and cognitive skills (Janisse et al., 2018), which are the core of early childhood development. ...