The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of iPads and flannel boards as learning tools for vocabulary acquisition in young children. The researcher conducted a two-day experiment with 55 preschool and kindergarten children between the ages of three-and-six-years-old. Participants were randomly assigned into two groups for either the iPad or flannel board condition. Each participant completed pre and posttest assessments for receptive and expressive vocabulary for six target words. Participating children listened to a story using either the iPad or the flannel board to give visual support to the vocabulary learning. Results of this study show that both iPads and flannel boards are effective learning tools for both receptive and expressive vocabulary acquisition. There were no statistically significant differences between these learning tools as aids for vocabulary learning. These findings suggest that both iPads and flannel boards are effective tools that can be used for vocabulary instruction.


Keelor, Jennifer


Communication Studies


Early Childhood Education | Elementary Education | Language and Literacy Education


vocabulary acquisition, flannel board, iPad, early childhood

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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