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Volume 12 Number 1, 2021
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Yu, Q. (2021). Approaching Chinese Radical Awareness through 3D Printing. Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching, 12(1), 1-22.
[俞巧娜. (2021). 用3D打印培养汉字偏旁意识. 科技与中文教学 (Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching), 12(1), 1-22.]

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Radical awareness has proven beneficial for Chinese character learning. Although radical knowledge is typically introduced at the early stages of L2 Chinese learning, its application is often delayed. This exploratory case study explored an innovative technology-mediated task design to introduce 3D printing to character teaching. The 3D printed characters physically reshaped the learning unit from stroke to component and introduced haptic learning. Upon completion of the 3D character project, the learner exhibited improved recognition of form and meaning for radicals, characters, and the interactions thereof. The learner was better able to notice the size, meaning, form variation of radicals, and the in-depth configuration and compositional logic of components, as well as to restructure character network via radicals. Additionally, by viewing the task as an interactional blueprint to engage teacher-student collaboration, this study iteratively developed a 3D character task series comprised of 3D character composing, radical knowledge instruction, character network building, and handwriting practice.


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