Learning to read movies
LEARNING TO READ MOVIES
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This seminar is organised jointly by the Humanities Research Centre and Sheffield Institute of Education
Studies of two-year-olds are comparatively rare. Yet the third year of life is a period of momentous change: for example learning verbal language, becoming confidently mobile, discovering how to participate in social and cultural worlds. Research that does investigate this age-group tends to focus on learning that is recognised as important in later life: speech, awareness of rules and conventions, creative play, sharing, etc. But we can infer that two-year-olds are also becoming fairly competent viewers of moving-image media because, by their fourth year, they are likely to be able to sit through a full-length feature film and follow the story, which 18-month-olds usually can’t do.