Watch and Listen! Animated audiovisual language stimulation in kindergarten.
Abstract: This is the title of a new research project financed by the Norwegian Research Council’s VRI-programme. Its aim is to stimulate the development of regional cultural industries in close collaborations with universities and other research institutions.
The main goal of the research project is to find out how small films and animations can be used to stimulate kindergarten children and teachers to use/learn New Norwegian, the minority written language in Norway used by app. 20% of the total population. The project started in November 2008 but we have already started the production of small animations. At the SAS conference I would like to present the work we have done by July 2009.
Biographical Statement: Gunnar Strøm (born 1955), Associate Professor at Volda University College, Norway, has published books and articles on animation, documentaries and music videos. He is a former Secretary General and Vice President of ASIFA International. In addition, he has programmed and served on juries for film festivals worldwide.