2005 Student Research Conference:
18th Annual Student Research Conference

Human Potential and Performance

Audio Books vs. Live Reading: A Comparison of Early Childhood Literacy Comprehension
Shawna Jackson
Dr. Janet Gooch, Faculty Mentor

This study compared audio books and live reading as they relate to childhood literacy comprehension. Two groups of seven children, ages 4-6 years, participated. Participants in group 1 (live reading) were read an age appropriate book by a live reader. Participants in group 2 (audio book) listened to the book presented via an audiotape. Results showed that there is no difference between the groups on the number of comprehension questions answered correctly. However, other differences were found to exist that could affect important skills related to childhood literacy. Knowing these results, time-stretched parents can better plan for activities to help further their child’s early literacy and language development.

Keywords: Audio Books, Literacy, audiotape, Pre-k to K, children

Topic(s):Communication Disorders

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 17-2
Location: OP 2115
Time: 10:00

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