Repeat again and again the same story is good for children's learning, a study of Britain's University of Sussex, the authors believe that this repetition is accelerating the acquisition of vocabulary.
The study was led by psychologist Jessica Horst and its results are a result of an experiment in which two groups of children 3 years old to learn two new words was exposed. Each of them was a word invented to describe an unknown object, such as "sprock" to refer to a manual used to mix food items. During the period of one week, one group heard three different stories with these words, while the other group listened to a unique story with the same new words. After that period, it was found that the children had only told a story better remembered new words that children who had been told three different stories.
"We know that the greater the number of books they have at home, the better the academic performance of children, but what we had not understood is how this learning occurs," Horst said. "What this research suggests is that psicóloga- explained the important thing is not the number of books, but the repetition of each, because it is more conducive learning".
Horst said it was already known that children who watch the same TV show or the same movie over and over again "give better results in subsequent reviews of understanding." According to Horst, what happens to the reading is that each time a child hears the same story is gaining new information. "The first time can be only understanding of history, the second perception of detail and description, and so gradually," he explains. "And if the new word is introduced in a variety of contexts, as happened with those who were read three different stories, chances are that your kids can not concentrate so much on the new word," adds the researcher.
In conclusion, Horst said, "the message could be that children do not necessarily require a lot of books, but that benefit from repeated exposure to which they have." The full research is published this month in the journal Frontiers in Psychology.
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