Working title of thesis
The affective impact of interactive whiteboard (IWB) multimodality on second language learning in a classroom environment: Exploration of how IWB multimodality could affect classroom interaction and promote cooperative/scaffold language learning.
Dr Angela Pickering
Aims of the investigation
- To trace those IWB modes which promote interaction and stimulate scaffold learning among young learners.
- To describe and understand the interaction developed among a teacher, learners and an IWB.
- To investigate how this impacts on second language development twofold: socially and cognitively.
- To provide teachers and material designers insights into how an IWB could pedagogically be appropriated to promote language development through scaffold/ cooperative learning.
Research questions being addressed
The aims of this research could be achieved provided the following questions are answered
- What can the analysis of the sequence organization and turn taking system of classroom talk reveal about the role an IWB takes in the development of interaction between participants?
- What are the modes/features of the IWB which play a decisive role in the interaction developed among participants? Is scaffold /cooperative learning promoted effectively? How?
- How does scaffold learning and IWB multimodality intertwine and affect the language learning (cognitive and/or social development of the individual)?