What Is the Cat Doing? Supporting Adults in Using Interactive E-Books for Dialogic Reading

  • Stephanie Githa Nadarajah
  • Peder Walz Pedersen
  • Camilla Gisela Hansen Schnatterbeck
  • Roman Arberg
  • Hendrik Knoche
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 95)


Interactive e-books could provide a smart learning environment by providing adults with facilitation support for encouraging children to speak. To reap benefits for the adult reader and subsequently the children’s language development, such support must be seamless to use for the reader and not impair the main experience of joint reading. This paper investigated, by means of video interaction analysis, how facilitation support can improve dialogic reading of daycare caregivers. Facilitation support consisted of providing good words and dialogic reading prompts on the top part of the screen outside the visual and textual story line of an interactive e-book. Ten caregivers with groups of two to three children between the ages of 22 and 48 months participated in the study. Caregivers in the facilitation support group used quality prompts more often than the control group. More prompting from caregivers correlated with more utterances from the children.


Dialogic reading Quality prompting Interactive e-book Reader support Language development Young children 



We would like to thank Ditte Aarup Johnsen for the collaboration and permission to use her story-line and artwork of Tulle and Skralle. Thanks to the caregivers, children at the Bornholmsgade day care center, and their parents whose consent and involvement enabled the conduct of this research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Architecture, Design and Media TechnologyAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark

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