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Reading personalized books with preschool children enhances their word acquisition

Kucirkova, N; Messer, D; Sheehy, K; (2014) Reading personalized books with preschool children enhances their word acquisition. First Language , 34 (3) pp. 227-243. 10.1177/0142723714534221. Green open access

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Abstract

This study examines whether books that contain personalized content are better facilitators of young children's word acquisition than books which are not personalized for a child. In a repeated-measures experimental design, 18 children (mean age 3;10) were read a picture book which contained both personalized and non-personalized sections, with unknown, real, target words embedded in each section. The book was read to the children on two occasions, with a one-week gap between each session. There were three testing points and these took place after the first reading session, just before the second reading session and immediately after the second reading session. At each testing point the children's knowledge of the new words was assessed with picture comprehension, definition and emotional valence tests. The findings revealed that, at the second and third testing points, the children showed significantly better knowledge about the words that were in the personalized sections of the books than the words in the non-personalized sections. The implications of these findings for future book reading research and practice are discussed. © The Author(s) 2014.

Type: Article
Title: Reading personalized books with preschool children enhances their word acquisition
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0142723714534221
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/0142723714534221
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2014.
Keywords: Personalization, shared book reading, vocabulary, word acquisition
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1536711
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