Young children's transfer of learning from a touchscreen device

Huber, Brittany, Tarasuik, Joanne, Antoniou, Mariana N., Garrett, Chelsee, Bowe, Steven J., Kaufman, Jordy and The Swinburne Babylab Team 2016, Young children's transfer of learning from a touchscreen device, Computers in human behavior, vol. 56, pp. 56-64, doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2015.11.010.

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Title Young children's transfer of learning from a touchscreen device
Author(s) Huber, Brittany
Tarasuik, Joanne
Antoniou, Mariana N.
Garrett, Chelsee
Bowe, Steven J.ORCID iD for Bowe, Steven J.
Kaufman, Jordy
The Swinburne Babylab Team
Journal name Computers in human behavior
Volume number 56
Start page 56
End page 64
Total pages 9
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-03
ISSN 0747-5632
Keyword(s) Children
Summary Because young children are devoting increasing time to playing on handheld touchscreen devices, understanding children's ability to learn from this activity is important. Through two experiments we examined the ability of 4- to 6-year-old children to learn how to solve a problem (Tower of Hanoi) on a touchscreen device and subsequently apply this learning in their interactions with physical objects. The results were that participants demonstrated significant improvement at solving the task irrespective of the modality (touchscreen vs. physical version) with which they practiced. Moreover, children's learning on the touchscreen smoothly transferred to a subsequent attempt on the physical version. We conclude that, at least with respect to certain activities, children are quite capable of transferring learning from touchscreen devices. This result highlights the limitations of generalizing across screen-based activities (e.g., "screen time") in discussing the effects of media on young children's development.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.chb.2015.11.010
Field of Research 080699 Information Systems not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970110 Expanding Knowledge in Technology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Elsevier
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