Marcus LowPostgraduate AdministratorFaculty of Science University of Nottingham, Malaysian Campus
20 September 2017 (Venue :BA06)
Name : Lo Chang Huan – School of Psychology
Chairperson : Dr Mariekede Vries
Evaluator : Dr Mariekede Vries
Title : Can Young Children Learn Words Using Tablets? Dissociating Human Interaction and Active Learning
This pilot study investigated 53 typically-developing 1.5 to 6.0-year-old German children's word learning from a tablet-based app under two different conditions: active learning and passive learning. The children were paired up according to their age groups. In the former condition, the children were given the opportunity to select 4 novel objects which they preferred to learn about, whereas in the latter, the children had no control over that. Instead, they were to passively watch the 4 novel objects being selected and labelled with novel words. The results supported the hypothesis that children managed to learn words from tablets but the difference between both conditions did not have a significant impact on their learning. Although the passive learning group took a significantly longer time than the active learning group to complete the test trials, the results were confounded by prior experience as the passive learners were not familiarised with the test trials which required them to tap.
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