On the efficacy of digitized storybooks for young learners with attention problems

Image from the book 'Tim on the pavement' by Kees de Boer and Tjibbe Veldkamp.

Image from the book 'Tim on the pavement' by Kees de Boer and Tjibbe Veldkamp.

The effects of the different features of digital-picture storybooks on vocabulary development are examined in this project. Preschool-aged children are hypothesized to benefit more from digital storybooks than the print versions due to the specific features that direct children’s attention and help the integration of the pictures and the text of the books, like the temporal contiguity between the pictures and the oral text, the animations, the close captions or the music and sound effects.

These features might be especially important for children with low executive function skills, memory, attention or inhibition problems. The effects of these features are tested on children’s visual attention within the pictures and word learning from the text of the books.


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Paper and poster presentations

  • Takacs, Z.K., Verhallen, M.J.A. J. & Bus, A.G. (2013, January). Preschoolers’ visual attention and vocabulary learning as a function of temporal contiguity between the pictures and the oral text of storybooks. Poster to be presented on the 2013 Budapest CEU Conference on Cognitive Development, Budapest, Hungary.

  • Takacs, Z.K., Verhallen, M.J.A.J. & Bus, A.G. (2012, November). Preschoolers’ visual attention as a function of temporal contiguity between the pictures and the oral text of storybooks. Paper to be presented on the ISED (Institute for the Study of Education and Human Development) Research Days 2013, Utrecht, the Netherlands.

  • Takacs, Z.K., Bus, A.G., & de Jong, M.T. (2012, September). The effect of simultaneous presentation of the pictures and the oral text of picture storybooks on preschoolers’ vocabulary development: Preliminary results of eye-tracking data. Paper presented on the Developmental Section Annual Conference 2012, British Psychological Society, Glasgow, United Kingdom.

  • Takacs, Z. K., Bus, A.G., & de Jong, M.T. (2012, July). The effect of simultaneous presentation of the pictures and the oral text of picture storybooks on preschoolers’ vocabulary development. Poster presented on the Junior Researchers of EARLI 2012 Conference (JURE), Regensburg, Germany.

  • Takacs, Z.K., Bus, A.G., & de Jong, M.T. (2012, June). The effect of temporal contiguity between the pictures and the oral text of picture storybooks on preschoolers’ vocabulary development. Paper presented on the Educational Research Days [Onderwijs Research Dagen] 2012, Wageningen, the Netherlands.

Funding

The project is part of an integrated project 'Creating and implementing technology for early literacy: Teacher roles in learning scenario design' in co-operation with Twente University and Radboud University Nijmegen, and is funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).

Last Modified: 05-01-2016