ERIC Number: ED243601
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Parent-Child Interaction and Computer Learning: An Alphabet Game for Preschoolers.
Worden, Patricia E.; Kee, Daniel W.
Ten 3-year-olds and their mothers were videotaped in two alphabet learning tasks to determine how young children would interact with computers as compared with more typical preschool learning activities. Subjects were introduced to the computer alphabet game "My First Alphabet" for 12 minutes and then reconvened following a short break for a 12-minute book-reading session. Findings indicated that the mothers produced different patterns of verbal events than did the children. In addition, although language complexity was not affected in either case, the amount of verbal interaction was dramatically greater in the book-reading than in the computer session. Because of the computer's novelty, findings were inconclusive in assessing the degree of interest and involvement of parents and children in book versus computer settings. It was suggested that future researchers discover whether differences exist between computer and reading interactions after subjects are more computer experienced. (BJD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).