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ERIC Number: ED418686
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jan-19
Pages: 10
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The Effects of Animation Cues on Third Grade Children's Ability To Learn the Meanings of Unfamiliar Words. Faculty Released Time Project Final Report, Fall Semester 1997.
Higgins, Norman; Cox, Patricia
Electronic books, often electronic versions of popular children's illustrated books, have the same words and illustrations as their printed versions, but also can read aloud individual words, phrases, and stories, can pronounce individual syllables in a word, and can provide animated clues to word meanings by animating and labeling selected objects in the book's illustrations. Fifteen third grade children participated in this study. Six unfamiliar vocabulary words were selected from the poem, "My Incredible Headache," in the CD ROM book entitled, "The New Kid on the Block" (Prelutsky, 1993). Children were given both a pretest and posttest, in which they were asked to define the unfamiliar words. After the pretest, each child listened as the computer read the poem. After each passage was read, the child was asked to watch the animation as the researcher clicked on unfamiliar words. The child was then asked to define the word. The posttest was given four days after interaction with the poem. Results indicate that when children are required to attend to the animated clues, the clues facilitated learning for most of the children--all but one child made gains from the pretest to the posttest. The animated clues seemed to be equally effective across all of the target words. (SWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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