“English storybook apps have the potential to be used as a language resource for children learning English as their second/foreign language,” Yang said. “This cost-effective educational technology may be particularly beneficial for those children from low socio-economic backgrounds. However, there is a dearth of research about how digital storybook apps should be designed to best support this learner population, and it is unclear how parents and children interact with each other and with the device during such bilingual story reading practices. Educators and designers need the information on how these interactions are associated with children’s English language learning outcomes in order to better inform future storybook app design.”
Yang is specializing in Teaching, Learning, and Educational Improvement (TLEI) for her doctoral work. Professor Mark Warschauer and Associate Professor Penelope Collins serve as her co-advisors.