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Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Vocabulary and Self-regulation

Developing language skills appears to be more important for boys than girls in helping them to develop self-control and, ultimately, succeed in school.

The study is the first to suggest language skills have a bigger impact on boys' self-regulation than on girls'.

As with previous research, Vallotton and Ayoub found that language skills - specifically the building of vocabulary - help children regulate their emotions and behavior and that boys lag behind girls in both language skills and self-regulation.

While girls overall seemed to have a more natural ability to control themselves and focus, boys with a strong vocabulary showed a dramatic increase in this ability to self-regulate.




But why is self regulation important? Good self-regulation results in better personal-study, which aids school-learning as well, resulting in better exam results. But why does vocabulary change this? Surely if you want to learn, then you'll want to learn - regardless of vocabulary?

Well, perhaps the fact that the child has a strong vocabulary is indicitive of the fact that they enjoy learning in the first place, so is not so much a cause of greater self-regulation but a result of.

In either case, it is another interesting study that shows how early life experience really can shape our future.

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