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ERIC Number: ED333356
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 33
Abstractor: N/A
The Effects of Music on Reading, Oral Language, and Writing Abilities: A Review of Literature.
Ebisutani, Kay; And Others
Most at-risk students do not know how to read, speak, or write, and those who know how, frequently elect not to. The problem for educators is thus two-fold, motivating the student to become engaged in the literary process and helping the teacher to engender such engagement. Music may be one way of fostering this engagement. A literature review focused on the effects of music on reading, oral language, and writing abilities of at-risk students with specific aims to identify and describe a coherent body of literature to indicate how music should be used in classrooms to facilitate language skill development. After reviewing three types of articles (theoretical articles, research reports, and essays of practical classroom application), it appears that the theories that justify the use of music in reading and language arts activities are not firmly backed by research. The research itself was inconclusive but did not suggest that music has the potential for affecting reading rate and writing fluency. Further research should examine the critical variables involved in music's effect on students' literary development in order that firm conclusions about its impact on this process can be made. (Thirty-five references are attached.) (PRA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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