“The girl who wants to fly” : Exploring the role of digital technology in enhancing dialogic reading

Rubegni, E. and Dore, R. and Landoni, M. and Kan, L. (2021) “The girl who wants to fly” : Exploring the role of digital technology in enhancing dialogic reading. International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction, 30: 100239. ISSN 2212-8689

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Research suggests that dialogic reading and wordless picture books may improve narrative production and comprehension leading to better school readiness. We aim to understand children's experiences using a wordless picture book scaffolded by audio prompts. We designed, implemented and assessed the Spring-a-story web app with 35 children aged 3 to 6 in a socio-economically-disadvantaged area in the UK. We sought to comprehend to what extent the application supports children in creating a narrative, and which type of prompts (basic dialogic reading and theory of mind prompts) better support their meaningful responses. Initial findings suggest how children were able to respond meaningfully to prompts and reported high levels of enjoyment of the activity. Furthermore, theory of mind prompts resulted in a marginally higher percentage of meaningful responses and theory of mind language compared to basic dialogic reading prompts. Study outcomes helped to delineate the design space that we shaped into six design challenges that aim to inform the community and guide the future design of tools to support children in independent dialogic reading of wordless picture e-books.

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International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction
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This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction, 30, 2021 DOI: 10.1016/j.ijcci.2020.100239
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?? children–computer interactionco-readingdialogic readinge-booktheory of mindhuman-computer interactioneducation ??
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