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Children learning math have a powerful tool in hand gestures

Children learning math have a powerful tool in hand gestures

Children who use their hands to gesture during a math lesson gain a deep understanding of the problems they are taught, according to new research from University of Chicago’s Department of Psychology.

Previous research has found that gestures can help children learn. This study in particular was designed to answer whether abstract gesture can support generalization beyond a particular problem and whether abstract gesture is a more effective teaching tool than concrete action.

«We found that acting gave children a relatively shallow understanding of a novel math concept, whereas gesturing led t...

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