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ERIC Number: EJ1025266
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
The Effect of Teachers' Memory-Relevant Language on Children's Strategy Use and Knowledge
Grammer, Jennie; Coffman, Jennifer L.; Ornstein, Peter
Child Development, v84 n6 p1989-2002 Nov-Dec 2013
Building on longitudinal findings of linkages between aspects of teachers' language during instruction and children's use of mnemonic strategies, this investigation was designed to examine experimentally the impact of instruction on memory development. First and second graders ("N" = 54, "M"[subscript age] = 7 years) were randomly assigned to a science unit that varied only in teachers' use of memory-relevant language. Pretest, posttest, and 1-month follow-up assessments revealed that although all participating children learned new information as a result of instruction, those exposed to memory rich teaching exhibited greater levels of strategic knowledge and engaged in more sophisticated strategy use in a memory task involving instructional content than did students exposed to low memory instruction. The findings provide support for a causal linkage between teachers' language and children's strategic efforts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2
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Language: English
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