A Formative Study of an E-book Instructional Model in Early Literacy

Kathleen Roskos, Karen Burstein, Byeong-Keun You, Jeremy Brueck, Carolyn O' Brien
2011 Creative Education  
The electr onic bo ok is a rapidly growing alter native to the conventional book even for ver y young childr en; however, empirical studies on e-books as curricular tools in early literac y development and instruction are rare. Few instructional designs have been developed and tested. This formative study investigates the potential functionality and usability of a prototy pe 4-component e-b ook instructio nal model in a s mall sample of preschoo l classrooms. Using qualitative analytic
more » ... e analytic strategies, observational data of its components were examined to identify salient indicators and design features, and to assess its feasibility. Re sults yielded design inform ation on eac h component: (1) e-book as a quality technology -mediated e nvironment; (2) phy sical place criteria; (3) engagement indicators; and ( 4) instructional potential. Strengths and weaknesses of the f our-component model design were identified for purposes of revisi on and stabilizing the model for further testing in a larger classroo m sample.
doi:10.4236/ce.2011.21002 fatcat:q2nnfbeq2ba7vjixlabnpehgey