Factors Influencing Preschool Teachers’ Use of a Video Versus Print Medium Storybook to Introduce Concepts of Health and Disability Awareness
Manon Lauderdale, National Rehabilitation Hospital/Nova Southeastern University, United States ; Inger Ljungberg, Brenda Triyono, National Rehabilitation Hospital, United States ; Alexander Libin, National Rehabilitation Hospital/Georgetown University, United States ; Maxine Cohen, Nova Southeastern University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Diego, CA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-78-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Person-to-person storytelling involving adults with physical disabilities and preschool children has been shown to improve children’s empathy and awareness of disability contexts. Though not feasible for persons with disabilities to visit every preschool, early childhood educators, already skilled storytellers, may be able to bridge the gap with rich media storytelling. Researchers worked collaboratively with preschool practitioners to create a health and disability awareness story in two formats: one a video storybook and the other a traditional print storybook. Teachers piloted the storybooks with preschool children. Findings indicated a greater potential inherent in dynamic vs. static imagery to convey richness of information about disability contexts. At the same time, successful use of the video storybook format required extra effort from teachers to develop new techniques to manage the interplay of video discourse, child interaction and pedagogical mediation in a dynamic medium.
Lauderdale, M., Ljungberg, I., Triyono, B., Libin, A. & Cohen, M. (2010). Factors Influencing Preschool Teachers’ Use of a Video Versus Print Medium Storybook to Introduce Concepts of Health and Disability Awareness. In D. Gibson & B. Dodge (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2010--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1136-1143). San Diego, CA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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