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Could the way we talk to children help them remember their science lessons?

23 February 2017

New study suggests that children with parents who ask lots of questions are better at remembering the content of science lessons.

When a parent asks their child plenty of “who?”, “what?”, “when?”, “where?”, “why?” questions, encourages them to go into detail and includes open-ended questions, psychologists call this an elaborative style.

Past research has shown that children with such parents tend to remember more experiences from their lives, and a new study in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology has become the first to apply this line of thinking to young children's memories of a recent science lesson.

The researchers from the University of New Hampshire found that there was an indirect link between parents' use of an elaborative questioning style and how much their child remembered of the science lesson six days later.

Read more on our Research Digest blog.


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