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The Parent Advantage in Fostering Children's E-Book Comprehension

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Early Childhood Research Quarterly Volume 44, Number 1, ISSN 0885-2006


One potential advantage of e-books is that unlike traditional books, preschoolers can read independent of an adult by using the audio narration feature. However, little research has investigated whether children comprehend a story's content after using an e-book with audio narration. The current study compares preschoolers' comprehension of an e-book in three conditions: (1) parent reading, in which parents read the e-book to their children, (2) independent with audio, in which children see the e-book independently with audio narration, and (3) independent without audio, in which children see the e-book independently but do not have audio narration available. Our results suggest that children comprehend some content from e-books using audio narration, indicating that using e-books independently may be a worthwhile activity for preliterate children while caregivers are otherwise occupied. However, results also show that children recall the most information about the e-book after reading with a parent.


Dore, R.A., Hassinger-Das, B., Brezack, N., Valladares, T.L., Paller, A., Vu, L., Golinkoff, R.M. & Hirsh-Pasek, K. (2018). The Parent Advantage in Fostering Children's E-Book Comprehension. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 44(1), 24-33. Retrieved April 9, 2020 from .

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