ERIC Number: ED345205
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Impact of Singing on Students' Verbatim Recall and Learning.
Calvert, Sandra L.
Two studies examined the impact of songs on students' verbatim recall and understanding of central story information. In a naturalistic study, students who had frequently viewed an educational television song about the Preamble to the Constitution later (as young adults) recalled the words verbatim better than did those who had been infrequent viewers of the production. In an experimental study, 40 college students and second graders either listened to or viewed a 3-minute educational bit about the Revolutionary War in one of four treatment conditions. Students then answered 16 verbal multiple-choice questions about the central content. Recognition scores were submitted to an analysis of variance. Results indicated that recognition of essential story information from a similar televised vignette was better in spoken than in sung presentations. Findings suggest that verbatim recall is superior when presented by either rhyme or song, but that recognition favors prose and nonsinging presentations. (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Story Content
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (99th, San Francisco, CA, August 16-20, 1991).