For me, the most important part of the study is that the researchers focused on just listening, with no follow-along-in-the-book or other reading intervention added. The impact of purely listening to books is striking. Two notable findings are that students using Tales2go attained 58% of the annual expected gain in reading achievement in just 10 weeks, putting them three months ahead of control students.
Plus, the study group outperformed the control group across all measures, by three times in reading comprehension, nearly seven times in second-grade vocabulary, and nearly four times in reading motivation. These increases came after students listened for twenty minutes three times per week in the afternoon program at school, and an additional two twenty-minute sessions at home.
Note: This is a new type of blog entry where I share information daily about a new tidbit of research. I’m sure we all agree that learning something new daily is awesome. While I usually collect my new insights then blog about them, it’s fun to release them as they happen. Since the venerable Dr. Scott McLeod (Dangerously Irrelevant) has the “Daily Brief,” I’ve decided to call my effort (in a flattering imitation of Scott’s effort) AL DíA, which is Spanish version of “updated.”