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NEWS: Kids' relationships with TV characters may enhance their scientific skills

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Washington, Oct. 7 (ANI): Researchers are investigating if relationships formed by kids with media characters like Dora the Explorer or Elmo help them learn science, technology, engineering and mathematical (STEM).

Rebekah Richert, associate professor of psychology at University of California, Riverside, said that many people are involved in designing educational games, and there is a lot of interest in creating high-quality and interactive media.

"On the surface they seem likely to help children learn. But there can be big gaps between what technology offers and what children really learn."

In a series of studies with children ages 18 months to 6 years, the researchers will examine how toddlers and preschoolers learn from educational media and how that can support STEM education.

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