The Role of Gesture in Learning: Do Children Use Their Hands to Change Their Minds?

  title={The Role of Gesture in Learning: Do Children Use Their Hands to Change Their Minds?},
  author={S. Cook and S. Goldin-Meadow},
  journal={Journal of Cognition and Development},
  pages={211 - 232}
  • S. Cook, S. Goldin-Meadow
  • Published 2006
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Cognition and Development
  • Adding gesture to spoken instructions makes those instructions more effective. The question we ask here is why. A group of 49 third and fourth grade children were given instruction in mathematical equivalence with gesture or without it. Children given instruction that included a correct problem-solving strategy in gesture were significantly more likely to produce that strategy in their own gestures during the same instruction period than children not exposed to the strategy in gesture. Those… CONTINUE READING
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