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New study suggests engaging children in conversation to boost language skills

from Education Week

A new study led by a team of resesarchers from MIT, Harvard, and the University of Pennsylvania suggests that the number of conversations parents have with their children is more important than the number of words they use. Scientists listened to home audio recordings from 36 4- to 6-year-olds from various socioeconomic backgrounds to measure the number of "conversational turns," or back-and-forth interactions, the children had with their parents. The children also underwent brain scans while listening to stories. more


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