Joint Media Engagement Play Literacy and Learning Among Mexican-American Familie (ASUF 30006116)

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Joint Media Engagement Play Literacy and Learning Among Mexican-American Familie (ASUF 30006116) Joint Media Engagement, Play, Literacy, and Learning Among Mexican-American Familie Background and Purpose of the Study Hispanic-Latinos are the largest and fastest-growing minority ethnic group in the US, and their numbers are projected to grow from 17% of the US population in 2010 to 31% by 2060 (US Census Bureau, 2012). They are also the youngest: half of all Latinos in the US are under the age of 27 (American Community Survey, 2008), and in 2010 23.1% of children ages 17 and younger were of Latino descent (Passel, Cohn& Lopez, 2011). They account for more than 40% of school enrollments in Arizona, New Mexico, California, and Texas (Fry & Gonzales, 2008). Unfortunately, Hispanic or Latino students, who are first, second, or even third generation, also account for the largest percentage of high school dropouts (Batalova & Fix, 2011). Given these trends, it is critical that we understand how we can support the learning needs of Latino children and ensure their continued wellbeing and productivity as they transition into adulthood and participate in the US workforce. Mediaboth old (television and radio) and new (digital and mobile technologies)hold great promise for supporting learning as a body of research has established their efficacy in facilitating understanding and motivating learning (see Bransford et al., 2005; Kozma, 1991; Mayer, 2002). However, we have yet to uncover how Hispanic-Latino children and families use these technologies for learning.
Effective start/end date9/1/139/30/15


  • Joan Ganz Cooney Center: $80,000.00


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