Dissertation Defense - Katie Campana
You are cordially invited to join us for the Dissertation Defense of Katie Campana, to be held on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, beginning at 9 a.m in Odegaard Room 220. Below, you will find the dissertation abstract and the Supervisory Committee.
Title: The Multimodal Power of Storytime: Exploring an Information Environment for Young Children
During the first five years of life children are undergoing significant amounts of learning and development that will provide the foundation for later school and lifelong learning (Gopnik, Meltzoff, & Kuhl, 2001). Exposing young children to information-rich environments during this crucial time period can help to support their learning (Dresang, 2013). Informal learning environments often endeavor to support learning for young children during this period, but there is not yet a clear understanding of the learning opportunities provided by these environments. Exploring the information aspects of the environments, or the “information environments”, in which young children exist can provide insight into the learning opportunities provided for children by these environments.
To explore public library storytimes as an information environment for young children, this study utilized Eisenberg and Small’s (1993) framework for information-based education. The three dimensions of the framework were used to guide the exploration, which examined the nature of the information content, information resources, and information processes occurring during storytime and the roles of the individuals attending storytime. This exploration was done through observations of video-recorded storytimes and a survey of storytime providers in Washington state. In addition, to provide insight into the learning behaviors that are occurring for children while interacting in the information environment provided by storytime, a coding tool based on the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (Office of Head Start, 2015) was used to uncover the children’s behaviors exhibited during the observations of the video-recorded storytimes. This research helps to elucidate the nature of the information environment provided for young children by public library storytimes and provides a model of how storytime participants interact with each other and with information to support and contribute to the enactment of the information environment of storytime.
- Allyson Carlyle, Chair
- Michael Eisenberg, Member
- Lynne McKechnie, Member
- Maria Cahill, Member
- Anis Bawarshi, GSR