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Media Attitudes and Motivations

In this study, we are working with preschoolers and their parents to better understand their beliefs and motivations for using digital technology and print media, including whether they see digital technologies and media as a learning tool. We are interested in how parents and children use digital and print media in similar and different ways, including whether they typically use them together versus separately, and the types of content and contexts that surround their use.

Social Media-Facilitated Family Weight Loss Challenge

In this study, we’re interested in understanding the role of social media as a communication channel used by a family participating in a weight loss challenge. Specifically, this study is interested in understanding the nature of the adults’ interactions through social media and any impact these interactions had on their learning to change health-related behaviors.

Child Digital Technology and Media Skills: A Comparison of Child Skills with Parent and Novice Teacher Perceptions

In this study, we’re interested in first understanding what digital technology and media skills children have learned and are able to demonstrate. While there are guidelines regarding the extent of interactions young children should have with media, there is currently a gap in the literature that details what young children ages three to five can do in relation to their ability to use and interact with digital technologies and media. In addition, this study seeks to better understand both parent and novice teacher perceptions of young children’s digital technology and media skills, and the relationship of those perceptions with observed child digital technology and media skills.

Qualitative Study of Children's Well-Being and Learning

This newly designed study is a replication and extension of a previous project involving in-depth qualitative interviews with school-age children. In this study, we hope to further explore connections among children's contexts, well-being and learning, especially the use of digital technology and media versus print media in supporting children's learning at home and school. We also hope to explore key aspects of the learning environment that support children's well-being and learning.

Qualitative Study of Children's Well-Being

This multi-site international study investigates school-age children's perceptions of their contexts, activities, time use and well-being. Existing data from 22 in-depth interviews with children ages 8 to 13 in three Midwestern U.S. states are being analyzed to identify themes related to digital and print media use and learning. Data are also being analyzed to investigate connections between the learning context (e.g. school climate and school relationships) and each child's well-being.