The Effects of a Custom-designed Animation Program on Learning Chinese Characters
Lin Shi, George Mason University, United States
George Mason University . Awarded
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effects of a custom-designed computer animation program on learning Chinese characters by beginning learners of Chinese as Foreign Language (CFL) in a higher education setting. This study used a matched comparison quasi-experimental design to explore the effects of the customized computer program within two groups of students. The treatment groups were two classes of CHIN 110 course taught by instructor A and the control groups were two classes of CHIN 110 course taught by instructor B. A demographic questionnaire, a posttest, and a pre and post attitude Surveys were given to students to measure the effects of the custom-designed computer program. A one-way ANOVA was performed to compare the posttest scores and test completion time between control group and treatment group. The results showed there was a significant difference in test scores between the control group and the treatment group, and there was no significant difference on test completion time between the control group and the treatment group, The Chi-Square tests were conducted to compare the attitudes toward learning Chinese characters between control and treatment group. The results showed no significant difference on attitudes toward learning Chinese characters between control and treatment group. Additionally, the results of supplementary attitude questionnaire showed the treatment group had a positive view of the program. The findings of this study can help Chinese language teachers to understand how computer animation can affect Chinese characters learning and will encourage adoption of the computer animation program in the teaching of their courses.
Shi, L. The Effects of a Custom-designed Animation Program on Learning Chinese Characters. Ph.D. thesis, George Mason University.
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