Students Learning: Studies Find Students Learning More by ‘Acting Out’ Text
Students Learning: By Sarah D. Sparks, Via Education Week
While most readers might think of curling up in a quiet place with a good book, a new series of studies suggests young students learning may be advanced more if they take a more active approach to reading.
A series of experiments by researchers at Arizona State University in Tempe and the University of Wisconsin-Madison suggests that students can understand and infer more by physically acting out text—either in real life or virtually—than by reading alone.
In the most recent of the experiments, published in the June issue of the journal Scientific Studies of Reading, researchers found that elementary mathematics students who acted out text in word problems were more accurate and less distracted than those who didn’t.
“We know that children have difficulty doing story problems” in math, said Arthur M. Glenberg, a psychologist and the studies’ lead author. “The idea is if we can help children understand the story better, they will understand the story problem better.”
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