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Effects of new and old media on young children’s language acquisition, development, and early literacy : findings from a longitudinal study of Australian children

Rutherford, Leonie, Bittman, Michael and Brown, Judith 2012, Effects of new and old media on young children’s language acquisition, development, and early literacy : findings from a longitudinal study of Australian children, in ICA 2012 : Communication and Community : Proceedings of the 62nd Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, International Communications Association, [Phoenix, Ariz.], pp. 1-19.

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Title Effects of new and old media on young children’s language acquisition, development, and early literacy : findings from a longitudinal study of Australian children
Author(s) Rutherford, Leonie
Bittman, Michael
Brown, Judith
Conference name International Communication Association. Conference (62nd : 2012 : Phoenix, Arizona)
Conference location Phoenix, Ariz.
Conference dates 24-28 May. 2012
Title of proceedings ICA 2012 : Communication and Community : Proceedings of the 62nd Annual Conference of the International Communication Association
Editor(s) [unknown]
Publication date 2012
Conference series International Communication Association Conference
Start page 1
End page 19
Total pages 19
Publisher International Communications Association
Place of publication [Phoenix, Ariz.]
Keyword(s) new media
old media
language acquisition
lieracy
Summary The current generation of young children has been described as “digital natives”, having been born into a ubiquitous digital media environment. They are envisaged as educationally independent of the guided interaction provided by “digital immigrants”: parents and teachers. This paper uses data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) to study children’s (aged 0-8 years) development of vocabulary and traditional literacy; access to digital devices; parental mediation practices; the child’s use of digital devices as recorded in time-diaries and, finally, the association between patterns of media use and family contexts on children’s learning. The analysis shows the importance of the parental context framing media use in acquisition of vocabulary, and suggests that computer (but not games) use is associated with more developed language skills. Independently of these factors raw exposure to television is not harmful to learning.


Language eng
Field of Research 190204 Film and Television
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
HERDC collection year 2012
Copyright notice ©2012, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30051901

Document type: Conference Paper
Collections: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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