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ERIC Number: EJ1161657
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Language Learning in Preschool Children: An Embodied Learning Account
Ionescu, Thea; Ilie, Adriana
Early Child Development and Care, v188 n1 p4-15 2018
In Romanian preschool settings, there is a tendency to use abstract strategies in language-learning activities. The present study explored if strategies based on an embodied cognition approach facilitate learning more than traditional strategies that progress from concrete to abstract. Twenty-five children between 4 and 5 years of age listened to a modified version of the "Town Musicians of Bremen" story. They were split into two groups: one interacted with the content while listening to the story and the other listened to the story and looked at pictures depicting the narrative sequence. Results show that children in the first group subsequently recognized more newly introduced words and idioms and performed better in retelling the narrative sequence in order. Implications are discussed with regard to both learning accounts in general and teaching strategies for language development in preschool settings in particular.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Romania
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