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Music learning in preschool with mobile devices

Paule-Ruiz, M., Alvarez-Garcia, V., Pérez-Pérez, J.R., Álvarez-Sierra, M. and Trespalacios-Menéndez, F. (2016) Music learning in preschool with mobile devices. Behaviour & Information Technology, 36 (1). pp. 95-111.

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Mobile and game-based learning are novel approaches characterised by the use of mobile devices and enabling learning anywhere and at any time. In this paper, we share an experience-based design and a pilot study to introduce music learning in preschool education. SAMI (Software for music learning in early childhood education) is a mobile application consisting of four games which main objectives are ear training, sound discrimination and music composition. The pilot study carried out in a real-life setting with third-year kindergarten children provides empirical data about music learning outcomes and compares an experimental group of children using SAMI with a control group which follows the traditional Montessori bells method. Our study results reveal a number of key findings for the design of preschool mobile games and the potential of using mobile technologies for music learning in early childhood

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Vice Chancellery
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Copyright: © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
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