Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Want to be involved in research? Take this survey!

I've been helping out the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop on a series of what we're calling, "Quickstudies" to look at parents, children, and e-books. This line of research aims to examine whether and how e-books compare to traditional books in supporting parent-child interaction during co-reading through different methods.

Quickstudy #1 uses both quantitative and qualitative methods to look at the nature of parent-child interaction and engagement with traditional books and e-books on an iPad. We wanted to see what design features of each platform appear to support productive versus non-productive interactions and also whether the the type of book affects comprehension of the story.

Quickstudy #2 looks specifically at book selection. How do parents and children choose books to read together? Does the process differ when they choose a traditional book as compared to an e-book?

Quickstudy #3 is a parent survey that focuses on parents' goals for reading together with their young children, their roles in providing their children with access to reading materials, and their perceptions and attitudes toward e-books for young children. This is where we need your help! If you're a parent of a child between the age of 2 and 6, please go here to find out more about and to take the survey. Here's your chance to make your views heard and to help inform researchers, developers, educators, and families. Plus, parents who complete the survey will have a chance to win a $50 gift card to! 

The results from Quickstudy #1 will be published in the next few weeks, so stay tuned!

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