Doctor Komcon, a child psychologist at the Melbourne Institute of Ridiculous Science, presented his findings at a conference earlier this month. Behavioral psychologists have been quick to laud the strategy as ‘groundbreaking’, and possibly a breakthrough in communicating with children who have learning difficulties.
“I want to see this in every child care course in Melbourne,” says Komcon, “This will revolutionise the field. You see, if children learn from their favourite television and film characters, they are far more likely to retain the information. For adults, this is like being taught by someone they consider to be an inspiration, or a person they idolise. Obviously, you’re going to want to hold onto this teaching far more than from a random educator.”
In his thesis, Komcon has advised parents to regularly cosplay as their child’s favourite characters and teach them life lessons while maintaining their persona. Example videos showed children learning from Bob the Builder, Basil Brush, Ben 10 and the entire cast of the Tweenies. Komcon has also stressed the importance of maintaining the illusion, and not allowing the child to know that the actor and character are the same person.
“We’re trialing this in early learning centres,” says Komcon. “Teachers will be supplied with a number of costumes, which they’ll test on focus groups. I have high hopes for the project.”
However, certain child care courses have stated that they are unsure about the new methods, especially considering that some teachers do not possess acting skills and are just plain ‘weirded out’ by the scheme.