What We Are DoingResearch at the Urban Griots Collaborative investigates the potential of embodied and rhythmic practices and communication tools to enhance children's acquisition of multimodal literacy skills.
- to support the early literacy, social and emotional development of all children
- to understand what affordances the drum language communication modality can contribute to children’s development, especially when mediated via a digital embodied learning environment.
- to prototype the design of culturally-grounded technologies that can facilitate the inclusion of relevant cultural knowledge and history to provide new gains for children across a variety of subjects
How We Are Doing ItWe employ a range of methods in our design-based research agenda including:
Innovative Musical Instruments
Digital Game Development
Hybrid Learning Environments
Family Literacy Workshops
What We Want to Find OutOur research seeks answers to these pivotal questions:
- What are the impacts of embodied learning environments, activities, and games using the Urban Griots approach on children’s multimodal literacy skills development?
- What are the impacts of the same approach on children’s socio-emotional development?
- What are the impacts of this approach on children's family relations?
- How can this research be adapted to help children with learning disabilities (autism spectrum disorder, speech/visual impairment)?
Get InvolvedAre you the parent of a child aged 3 to 6 who enjoys music, dance, or video games? Join us for a unique learning experience!
Sign Up for Our Workshop
Stay in the loop
Join our mailing list