Skip to main content Accessibility help
×
×
Home

The differential effect of storybook reading on preschoolers' acquisition of expressive and receptive vocabulary

  • MONIQUE SÉNÉCHAL (a1)
    • Published online: 01 February 1997
Abstract

The present study was conducted to assess the effect of didactic techniques used during storybook reading on young children's acquisition of new vocabulary introduced in storybooks. Thirty children for each group of three- and four-year-old children were read one storybook individually. The study included three storybook reading conditions: single-reading, repeated-reading and questioning. In both the repeated-reading and the questioning conditions, the storybook was read three times. Children in the questioning condition were asked, during each reading of the storybook, to label target items with the novel words. Listening to multiple readings of a storybook facilitated children's acquisition of expressive and receptive vocabulary, whereas answering questions during the multiple readings was more helpful to the acquisition of expressive than receptive vocabulary. These findings suggest that, under certain conditions, didactic techniques used by adults have differential effects on preschoolers' receptive and expressive vocabulary.

Copyright
Corresponding author
Address for correspondence: Monique Sénéchal, Department of Psychology, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, K1S 5B6. E-mail: msenecha@ccs.carleton.ca
Footnotes
Hide All
This research was supported by a GR6 grant from Carleton University. Aspects of the results were reported at the March 1993 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, New Orleans.
Footnotes
Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Journal of Child Language
  • ISSN: 0305-0009
  • EISSN: 1469-7602
  • URL: /core/journals/journal-of-child-language
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *
×

Metrics

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between <date>. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

Usage data cannot currently be displayed