The relationship between media type and vocabulary learning in a cross age peer-learning program for linguistically diverse elementary school students

Rebecca D. Silverman, Lauren Artzi, Daniel McNeish, Anna M. Hartranft, Melinda Martin-Beltran, Megan Peercy

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Abstract

The goal of the present study was to compare children's word learning through print text, video, and electronic text in the context of a cross-age peer-learning program implemented in linguistically diverse kindergarten and fourth grade classrooms that included English Learners (ELs) and their non-EL peers. Children were assessed at pre- and post-test on measures of receptive and expressive vocabulary knowledge. Findings showed effects of media type on word learning. Effects differed across grades (i.e., kindergarten and fourth grade, language background (i.e., non-EL and EL), and knowledge types (i.e., receptive and expressive). In kindergarten, results suggest that video may be more helpful than electronic texts for supporting receptive and expressive vocabulary, and video may be more helpful than both print and electronic texts for supporting the expressive vocabulary of ELs. In fourth grade, results suggest that video and electronic texts may be more helpful than print texts for supporting expressive vocabulary for non-ELs but not for ELs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)106-116
Number of pages11
JournalContemporary Educational Psychology
Volume56
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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