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Pearson Foundation —Saturday, March 06, 2010

Latest Study Explores 21st Century Learning in Developing and Least-Developed Nations

Washington, D.C. – March 1, 2010 – At the annual Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) International Symposium, the Pearson Foundation released today “The Digital World of Young Children: Emergent Literacy,” a research white paper on the effects of digital media on young children’s learning.

Authored by early childhood education experts, Arizona State University’s Jay Blanchard and Terry Moore, the white paper examines the latest research on how young children learn using increasingly personalized and mobile media, including cell phones, television, video games, smart devices, and computers. The report focuses on the impact of these new ways of learning and highlights the degree to which these emergent literacies are rooted in young people’s use of common-place mobile devices – especially in developing and least-developed nations.

Blanchard’s and Moore’s research finds that developmental milestones are changing as a new generation of young children approach learning and literacy in ways not thought possible in the past. According to this new report, digital media is already transforming the language and cultural practices that enable early literacy development, making possible a new kind of personal and global interconnectedness.

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