September 12, 2011

Study finds link between children's use of SMS and improved literacy.

New research has found a strong link between primary school children's use of text abbreviations and improved literacy, reports stuff.

quotemarksright.jpgUniversity of Tasmania psychologist Dr Nenagh Kemp and honours student Catherine Bushnell conducted a study of about 90 children aged 10 to 12 from three middle-class primary schools. The researchers looked at whether taking such linguistic shortcuts was affecting the students' literacy skills.

The results, recently published in the US Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, were surprising. They showed the use of textisms is driving the development of literacy skills and could be improving language and literacy learning.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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