We Love Reading’s research with Brown University’s Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory was presented at the 2019 MIT LINC Conference. The MIT LINC Conference brought together an international group of researchers and practitioners together to discuss how learning science, pedagogical approaches, and digital learning can provide quality pK-12, higher education, and workforce learning at scale, particularly in developing nations. We presented our findings on the impact of the WLR read-aloud method on executive functions in Jordanian children. Over a six-month interval with the WLR program, we found that the number of books in the home and the number of children that considered reading as a hobby had increased and changes in reading in the home from baseline to post-WLR assessments also predicted larger improvements in executive functions. We emphasized how WLR was a local program developed through human centered design that considers the significance of culture and context, and how the program offers an innovative, simple solution that has the capacity to grow globally and sustainably, with the ultimate cause being to encourage young children to realize that they have the potential and ability to think for themselves.
The presenters were Alya Sager Research assistant from brown university and Rana Dajani
This is research done by Professor Dima Amso at Brown University