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Title: Revealing and Mediating Young Children's Memory and Social Cognition through Digital Photo Journals
Authors: Ching, Cynthia Carter
Wang, X. Christine
Issue Date: Jun-2006
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Ching, C. C. & Wang, X. C. (2006). Revealing and Mediating Young Children's Memory and Social Cognition through Digital Photo Journals. In Barab, S. A., Hay, K. E., & Hickey, D. T. (Eds.), The International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Indiana University 2006. Proceedings of ICLS 2006, Volume 1 (pp. 85-91). Bloomington, Indiana, USA: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: This study examines children's construction of digital photo journals and how this activity both mediates and reveals basic characteristics of their memory and social cognitive development. Twenty-one k/1st students created photo journals using a digital camera and iPhoto software. When children talked about their pictures and created captions for their journals, they demonstrated different kinds of autobiographical memory, as well as revealing gender-specific social views. First-graders showed greater awareness of their own memory capability (metamemory) in talking about their pictures than kindergarteners. Digital images seemed to present a relatively immediate yet imperfect or incomplete reminder that encouraged children's elaboration. Besides the process of journal construction, the contents of children's journals also reveal aspects of memory and social cognition that expand our existing knowledge in these areas.
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