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Enhanced ebooks are bad [and good] for children finds American study

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Enhanced ebooks are bad for children finds American study

Unlike print versions or basic ebooks, enhanced ebooks distract children from the story and stop them remembering narrative details according to new research

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/jun/07/enhanced-ebooks-bad-for-children?CMP=twt_gu

Snippets:

“All-singing, all-dancing ebook versions of children’s stories might encourage kids to pick up a book, but they don’t help with literacy, according to a new study.

Researchers at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center in New York worked with 32 pairs of parents and their three to six-year-old children for the small study, Print Books vs Ebooks, which gave each family a print book and either a basic ebook or an enhanced ebook version of the same title. Enhanced ebooks were found to distract children from the story, and their bells and whistles prevented children from remembering as many narrative details.”

“Chiong told the Guardian that enhanced ebooks “absolutely still have a place. Kids seem to love them. If enhanced books can engage kids who might not be as interested in reading, we will achieve an important goal. In our study, we were specifically looking at book-reading with a focus on learning and comprehension. That is only one of many purposes for reading. If the purpose is to just have fun or explore a classic tale in a new way, enhanced books are great.””

Stephen

Posted on: June 24, 2012, 7:16 am Category: Uncategorized

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