The contribution of music to the incidental learning of new words through a storytelling activity in preschool children (Bachelor thesis)

Τσολακίδου, Αγγελική/ Χαλιαμακίδου, Αικατερίνη/ Tsolakidou, Angeliki/ Chaliamakidou, Aikaterini

Music and language are two communication systems that have many things in common, both in their oral and written form. Moreover, research points to the beneficial effects of music on children’s development (cognitive, linguistic, emotional, social). However, there are scarse data supporting directly the beneficial contribution of music to vocabulary learning. Τhe present quasi– experimental study, aims at studying the effect of music on the incidental learning of novel words presented to preschool children during a storytelling group activity in class. For the purposes of this study, 85 preschool children participated in an activity twice: once they listened to a story which was accompanied with music, and once they listened to a different story which was not accompanied with music. In both stories four pseudo words were naturally incorporated. Children were asked individually to recognize the meaning of the pseudowords through a multiple choice picture task. The results showed a significant positive effect of music an children´s ability to fast-map the meaning of the novel words
Institution and School/Department of submitter: Δημοκρίτειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θράκης. Σχολή Επιστημών Αγωγής. Τμήμα Επιστημών της Εκπαίδευσης στην Προσχολική Ηλικία
Subject classification: Music in education
Keywords: Μουσική,Γλωσσική ανάπτυξη,Γρήγορη συμπτωματική μάθηση,Γρήγορη χαρτογράφηση,Αφήγηση ιστοριών,Music,Language development,Quick incidental learning,Fast mapping,Storytelling

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