ERIC Number: EJ1060666
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
Infants Learn Baby Signs from Video
Dayanim, Shoshana; Namy, Laura L.
Child Development, v86 n3 p800-811 May-Jun 2015
There is little evidence that infants learn from infant-oriented educational videos and television programming. This 4-week longitudinal experiment investigated 15-month-olds' (N = 92) ability to learn American Sign Language signs (e.g., patting head for hat) from at-home viewing of instructional video, either with or without parent support, compared to traditional parent instruction and a no-exposure control condition. Forced-choice, elicited production, and parent report measures indicate learning across all three exposure conditions, with a trend toward more robust learning in the parent support conditions, regardless of medium. There were no differences between experimental and control conditions in the acquisition of corresponding verbal labels. This constitutes the first experimental evidence of infants' ability to learn expressive communication from commercially available educational videos.
Descriptors: Infants, Longitudinal Studies, American Sign Language, Video Technology, Teaching Methods, Parents as Teachers, Parent Influence, Comparative Analysis, Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Instructional Effectiveness, Expressive Language
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH)
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IES Grant or Contract Numbers: 5-R03-HD058777