Re-read­ing books ‘aids learn­ing’

Daily Express - - THE CRUSADER -

CHIL­DREN who de­mand the same story be read to them over and over may be learn­ing more than those who choose a dif­fer­ent tale each time.

Re­searchers found rep­e­ti­tion is more likely to help a child ac­quire a new vo­cab­u­lary.

In an ex­per­i­ment, psy­chol­o­gist Dr Jessica Horst and a team at the Univer­sity of Sus­sex ex­posed three-year-olds to two in­vented names for un­fa­mil­iar ob­jects, such as a “sprock”.


One group heard three dif­fer­ent sto­ries with the new words over a week.

An­other group heard only one story fea­tur­ing the new words re­peated over the week.

Those who heard just one story were bet­ter at re­mem­ber­ing the new words than those who were read the three sto­ries, in which the words fea­tured in dif­fer­ent con­texts.

Dr Horst said: “It’s not the num­ber of books but the rep­e­ti­tion of each book that leads to greater learn­ing.”

The study is pub­lished in the on­line jour­nal Fron­tiers In Psy­chol­ogy.

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