The development of a pilot tool for examining engagement and involvement in screen-based activities in the early years

Harding, Jacqueline ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8779-0759 (2015) The development of a pilot tool for examining engagement and involvement in screen-based activities in the early years. [Doctorate by Public Works]

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Abstract

In my context statement, I describe the process of building an assessment research
tool for observing young children’s media interaction born out of a need to
acquire unbiased information that better informs the TV production process.
Building on the work of Mihaly Csikszentimihalyi (1991), and Ferre Leavers
(1994) regarding scales of involvement and engagement, I draw together results
from my own research with young children and offer a description of a pilot
research tool for further refinement. Production of my own films and documents
are cited as primary source evidence and as a way of offering a significant
contribution to this body of knowledge: the possibility of a more reliable
measurement of how children respond to television/screens in terms of
engagement and levels of involvement. In tandem, I propose the emergence of a
unique model of play: Immersive Digital Play (IDP) based on schematic
movements that provide a backdrop to the pilot tool. I offer insights into how
young children experience digital screen narratives through a moment-by-moment
process, and suggest, therefore, that a methodological tool for research needs to
probe and examine that experience for levels of engagement and involvement.
Furthermore, I propose that young children (and their parents) have a right to
involvement and participation in the development of any media narrative and
application for consumption.
Finally, it is proposed that the pilot tool and analysis will elucidate potential
outcome measures for the continued study of media.

Item Type: Doctorate by Public Works
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education
B. > Doctorates by Public Works
Item ID: 18455
Depositing User: Users 3197 not found.
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2015 11:16
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2020 20:16
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/18455

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