Toward Digital Picture Books for a New Generation of Emergent Readers
Peer reviewed, Journal article
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Original versionBus, A.G., Anstadt, R. (2022) Toward Digital Picture Books for a New Generation of Emergent Readers. AERA Open, 7 (1), 1-15. 10.1177/23328584211063874
The study tests the efficacy of a new sort of digital picture book. It includes camera movements to guide children’s visual attention through the pictures and the possibility to control page-turning and the pace at which the camera moves through pictures. There were 56 participants (Mage = 60.34 months, SD = 6.24) randomly assigned to three conditions: still images, camera movements (no control over pace), and camera movements (control over pace). For the 50% of children least proficient in language skills, sparingly adding well-chosen camera movements to the illustrations helps children understand the story. In addition, the camera movements’ effect can be enhanced by enabling control over the pace at which new information appears. Particularly the 50% low-language proficiency children benefited from camera movements and spending more time processing information.