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  • Pairing craft-making with Mandarin eBooks: An investigation into the use of craft for language learning by pre-schoolers

Tan, Wilkioe, Wang, Stephen Jia and Janet, Jeffery, 2017, Journal Article, Pairing craft-making with Mandarin eBooks: An investigation into the use of craft for language learning by pre-schoolers EAI Endorsed Transactions on Creative Technologies, 4 (12). pp. 1-7. ISSN 2409-9708

Abstract or Description:

Bilingual ethnic Chinese parents are concerned about their preschoolers’ learning of their mother tongue. Many allow their children to learn Mandarin by accessing language applications on mobile devices. However the effectiveness of solely using mobile devices as a learning tool for preschoolers is debatable. This paper presents a field investigation on how adult-facilitated craft-making, generates greater interest the reading of Mandarin eBooks and retention of the stories. The data suggests pairing of activities may be useful to children from across language abilities. This also highlights a need for designers and educators to formulate a holistic design approach in the development of preschool mobile learning content.

Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies
Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W280 Interactive and Electronic Design
School or Centre: School of Design
Identification Number or DOI: http://eudl.eu/doi/10.4108/eai.3-10-2017.153164
Date Deposited: 24 Dec 2017 15:46
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2018 16:20
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/3091

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