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ERIC Number: EJ884105
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-1468-7984
Vocabulary Acquisition in Young Children: The Role of the Story
Hepburn, Emma; Egan, Bridget; Flynn, Naomi
Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, v10 n2 p159-182 2010
Sharing storybooks with babies increases their future achievements in literacy, especially in reading (Hall, 2001; Moore and Wade, 1997, 2003; Scarborough et al., 1991; Wade and Moore, 1998; Wells, 1985). This study, focusing on case studies of two 20-month-old children, attempts to identify the role the storybook plays in children's vocabulary acquisition. Their mothers adopted a regime of daily reading of specific picture books over a six-week period, and recorded the children's acquisition of new vocabulary, in order to explore what specific contribution these texts made to the children's speech. The findings demonstrate that storybooks form one source of children's newly-acquired vocabulary. Factors that might account for this were more difficult to determine through a study of this scale. (Contains 17 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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