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The Effect of Storytelling at School on Children’s Oral and Written Language Abilities and Self-Perception

Wright, CZ; Dunsmuir, S; (2019) The Effect of Storytelling at School on Children’s Oral and Written Language Abilities and Self-Perception. Reading and Writing Quarterly 10.1080/10573569.2018.1521757. (In press).

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Abstract

This study explored whether being told stories by a teacher in school 4 days a week for 10 weeks would lead to improvements in 6- and 7-year-old children’s oral language, written language, and self-perception. We also explored whether these improvements would be greater than those experienced by an active comparison group that was read the same stories from books and a comparison group that continued with their usual classroom literacy practices. We used a quasi-experimental between-participants design: 194 participants took part, and classes (rather than participants) were randomly assigned to intervention conditions. Results showed that the storytelling group retold stories that were significantly longer and used a significantly wider range of vocabulary than both the group that was read the same stories and the comparison group at posttest and 3-month follow-up. The story-reading group scored significantly higher on an oral vocabulary test than the comparison group at follow-up.

Type: Article
Title: The Effect of Storytelling at School on Children’s Oral and Written Language Abilities and Self-Perception
DOI: 10.1080/10573569.2018.1521757
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/10573569.2018.1521757
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10066448
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