ERIC Number: EJ796006
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Effect of a Computer-Based Cartooning Tool on Children's Cartoons and Written Stories
Madden, M.; Chung, P. W. H.; Dawson, C. W.
Computers & Education, v51 n2 p900-925 Sep 2008
This paper reports a study assessing a new computer tool for cartoon storytelling, created by the authors for a target audience in the upper half of the English and Welsh Key Stage 2 (years 5 and 6, covering ages 9-11 years). The tool attempts to provide users with more opportunities for expressive visualisation than previous educational software; its design was motivated by earlier work connecting "moving image literacy" with print literacy, and it was used here in storywriting preparation work: users first visualised a known story, then wrote their versions of it based on the cartoons they had made. The stories produced are compared with stories written using two other preparation activities, one a pencil-and-paper cartooning exercise and the other a teacher's normal planning session, which also resulted in a retelling of a known story. The study finds that no one preparation process had a noticeably different effect on the final written stories; however, the cartoons produced with the software are found to be quite different to their paper counterparts, showing a greater variety of character action, pose and interaction, slightly more variety of camera shot distance, and more pictures. Children's and teachers' reactions to the software tool are also discussed.
Descriptors: Cartoons, Computer Software, Computers, Writing (Composition), Computer Uses in Education, Story Telling, Visual Literacy, Visual Stimuli, Grade 5, Grade 6, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5; Grade 6
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom