Picture overload hinders children learning new words in storybooks, study finds

11 Jul 2017

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Posted By: SG   |   Source: University of Sussex   |   URL: http://bit.ly/2ueFYcT

 

A study by University of Sussex psychologists suggests that children are better able to learn new words from picture books when there is only one illustration per double-page spread, rather than a different illustration on each page.

Co-author Dr Jessica Horst said: “Other studies have shown that adding ‘bells and whistles’ to storybooks like flaps to lift and anthropomorphic animals decreases learning. But this is the first study to examine how decreasing the number of illustrations increases children’s word learning from storybooks.”

(Of course, the purpose of picture books in general is not to increase vocabulary – that’s more the job of reading schemes – but this is useful information for publishers who produce learning materials and anyone involved in teaching children to read.)

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