Real vs. Animated: A comparison of video formats as they relate to teaching parents and caregivers about childhood language development.
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A child’s language develops both prenatally and throughout childhood and can significantly impact their abilities to produce and understand language throughout their lifespan. The goal of this study is to find accessible ways to equip caregivers with resources to set their child up for future success in the comprehension and production of language. Parent’s understanding of childhood development is related to their child’s efficiency in moving through developmental stages, specifically in relation to the acquisition of language (Booth, 2018). To further research this topic, we are creating a remote video-training process to teach parents. Existing literature has shown the power of video-training on parent’s understanding, showing that those who received specific training could implement new activities with their children, leading to an increased development of language-related skills (Blom-Hoffman, 2008). Current research about video formats, conducted on college students, has found that participants learn best from combined audio and visual aspects that included social cues from footage of the instructor speaking (Brünken, 2002; Kizilcec, 2015). As an expansion of these ideas, this study will focus on finding out what video format is most beneficial to teach parents new information. Specifically, we will compare learning outcomes from videos of a real person presenting information compared to those with an animated character. Findings from this research will provide a more efficient way of equipping parents to best support their child in the process of being able to understand and produce written and spoken language.
Zimmermann, Mary Emma and Shank, Kaylee, "Real vs. Animated: A comparison of video formats as they relate to teaching parents and caregivers about childhood language development." (2023). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 1216.