Timely Integration: Sociocultural Issues That Influence Technology Integration in Childhood Development

By Jason O. Germany.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Published online: March 21, 2014 $US5.00

From the vary instance of birth, today’s children in 1st world communities are exposed to digital technology and devices. This exposure may range from very passive levels of engagement in early years to more active ones as a child becomes increasingly integrated into society. Aside from the utility oriented needs that these technologies serve to address, they have also come to represent symbols in a ritualistic rite of passage towards adulthood; where an artifact(s) not only provides a method for connecting to information and people in society but also denote the actual status of that connection. As a means of better understanding the factors that both enable and inhibit integration, an ethnographic investigation was undertaken to examine various social and cultural issues surrounding the “timely” integration of digital technology. The resulting paper and insights are based on the culmination of personal interviews and observations focused on the various stakeholders in the childhood development process.

Keywords: theme: technologies for human use, Digital Technology, Childhood Development, Ethnography

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp.129-142. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 21, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 553.659KB)).

Jason O. Germany

Assistant Professor of Product Design, School of Architecture and Allied Arts, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, USA

Jason O. Germany is an Assistant Professor of Product Design in the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon. Previous to his academic appointment, he received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Montana State University. Upon completion of an additional degree in design, Jason went on to work as a Senior Industrial Designer and project lead for nearly a decade before returning to graduate school at the University of Washington, completing his MFA in Industrial Design. During this time his work experience has ranged from design firms and action sports to housewares and mobile devices; in each case creating and executing within interdisciplinary groups. As a result, his designs have received numerous patents as well as regional, national, and international awards, including an ID Magazine “Best in Category” and an IDEA “Gold” for consumer products. Professor Germany’s particular research interests include; mobile computing, technology adaptation, entrepreneurship, and design methods.


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