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A Closer Look at Enhanced Ebooks: Compatible Versus Distracting Games

dc.contributor.advisorTroseth, Georgene L.
dc.contributor.authorHrobon, Julia
dc.descriptionCompleted for Dr. Megan Saylor's PSY-PC 2990 "Honors Research" class, this thesis investigates different types of games embedded in children's interactive eBooks and how the quality of these games (i.e., how much the games relate to and enhance the story content) affects how much a kindergarten child can learn from the story. Word document is accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe current literature on eBooks contains conflicting results for enhanced eBooks containing games and hot spots as effective reading tools for children. This study investigated different types of interactivity within enhanced eBooks to understand how the relation of the games embedded in eBooks to the story line may affect how much the child learns from the story. The study also involved observation of the different co-reading styles of parents and children as an exploratory analysis. The results indicate that interactivity within the enhanced eBooks neither helped nor hurt children’s ability to learn new words from the story and to remember the story content. It was also found that all of the eBooks elicited content-related co-reading, but enhanced eBooks elicited more non-content-related co-reading. Implications of the findings are discussed.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Honors Program in Psychological Sciences Under the supervision of Georgene Trosethen_US
dc.publisherVanderbilt Universityen_US
dc.subjectEducational technologyen_US
dc.subject.lcshDevelopmental psychologyen_US
dc.subject.lcshChildren's electronic booksen_US
dc.subject.lcshReading -- Parent participationen_US
dc.subject.lcshReading (Kindergarten)en_US
dc.titleA Closer Look at Enhanced Ebooks: Compatible Versus Distracting Gamesen_US
dc.description.collegePeabody Collegeen_US
dc.description.schoolVanderbilt Universityen_US
dc.description.departmentPsychology and Human Developmenten_US

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