VokSi – App-based Vocabulary Learning
It is easier to learn vocabulary if the learners themselves become active. This could be by generating a prediction about the possible translation of the foreign language term or by simultaneously executing a suitable gesture. The objective of this project was to examine these learning activities and to take a closer look at the effects of their interaction.
In vocabulary learning, there is a significant learning benefit if the students themselves become active. This could be by generating a prediction about the possible translation of the foreign language term or by executing or observing suitable gestures that illustrate the concept of the term while learning it. The objective of this project was to examine the aforementioned learning activities in detail and to take a closer look at the effects of their interaction. In particular we wanted to investigate the practicability and the benefit of both strategies within a digital learning context, more specifically: while using a learning app. The participants were third to fifth graders, who were in the initial phase of their experiences with vocabulary learning.
- Do the already stated positive effects of the mentioned learning activities, i.e. the generation of a prediction and the execution of gestures, take effect in the same way when learning with interactive media?
- Does the combination of both strategies result in additive effects? The latter question was particularly interesting as the generation of predictions on the one hand and the execution of gestures on the other hand have different presumed mechanisms underlying their effectiveness. The advantage of generating a prediction is associated with the retrieval of and the link with prior knowledge, while the positive effect for the use of gestures is primarily explained by the benefit of multi-sensory learning.
Project ManagementProf. Dr. Garvin Brod
08/2019 – 09/2021
|Department:||Education and Human Development|
|Contact:||Prof. Dr. Garvin Brod, Head of Unit|