December 3, 2010
Research Essay

In the article, “Do Babies Learn from Baby Media”, the author explains an experiment in which a study was done where children between the ages of twelve and eighteen months where shown a learning inspired DVD.   This experiment was conducted to determine if young children were able to learn key vocabulary words from watching a popular DVD.   This test was conducted with the intention that children grasp more information from one-on-one lessons with their parents rather than watching learning activated DVD.
There have been many phenomenons throughout recent history discussing the effects of children learning through active DVDs.   Parents believe that when they put their children in front of a television with one of these DVDs playing, that their children are fully attentive to the television or as they put it “glued” to the TV.   Many parents admit to using this technique to getting work done around the house because their children are completely absorbed with the “information” being broadcast.   The experience in which the researchers had with parents and children lead them to suspect that infants could benefit from these particular types of videos.  
Accordingly, this experiment was conducted to examine the extent in which young children gain knowledge through watching an extremely popular and commercialized infant video with the intent of word learning.   This experiment consisted of seventy-two infants between the ages of twelve and eighteen months.   These participants where acquired from both small and large cities and consisted of both white and middle-class boys and girls.  
To conduct this experiment, all seventy-two children were randomly split into four groups of eighteen.   Each group was presented with a different condition.   These conditions included a video-with-interaction condition, a video-with-no-interaction, a parent-teaching condition, and lastly a non intervention control group.   The two conditions in which...