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FW: [AUDITORY] Reading versus books on tape

 Anecdotes continued:  Retention also can be related to reading ability.  I
have a brother-in-law and nephew with reading disabilities.  My
brother-in-law was not diagnosed while in school.  He learns best and retains
information well when he watches programs about a topic or has someone read
him the text.  He later can go back and find the information he wants from
text but to read it himself is very laborious, causing him to avoid it
whenever possible!  My nephew was just diagnosed at age 13 years. If someone
reads a text to him he retains the information well and is able to correctly
answer questions.  If he reads it himself, his retention is very poor. I was
told that the school has decided to allow him to have text for
reading-intensive classes recorded (books on tape) and to provide additional
support for reading material. I wonder if re-listening is the same as
re-reading in terms of the depth of understanding and ability to ponder a

Dawna Lewis 

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Subject: Re: [AUDITORY] Reading versus books on tape

Another anecdotal tid-bit:  I listen to many books on tape while commuting,
including history and/or scientific books.  I find my retention is a little
poorer and that my understanding isn't as deep sometimes (a result of not
being able to reread and ponder a passage).  However, I am much more likely
to have portions memorized.  I have found that I am able to recite random
selections after listening only a few times.


On 7/6/06, Toth Laszlo <tothl@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Thu, 6 Jul 2006, tony stockman wrote:
> > anecdotally I believe for myself at any rate, as a blind person and 
> > having used braille since primary school, braille reading is more 
> > effective for learning than listening to tape.
> I think that quite many people (including me) performs a kind of 
> visual learning. For example, I can recall even after years how a 
> certain piece of information was positioned on the page of the book. 
> Because of this, I can hardly imagine how I could learn anything by 
> listening to a tape (I have never tried it, though). Sorry, this is 
> only "anecdotal", but I hope somebody here can name some real study on
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