The Word Gap Revisited

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“The word gap,” (Hart & Risley, 1995) or the difference in the number of words a children of different economic statuses are exposed to at an early age, has been a point of reference for early childhood educators and parents for more than two decades. As families and schools try to close the gap between lower-income families and those of more affluent backgrounds, NPR’s Code Switch team looks at how “the word gap” research fairs today, and how it connects to race.

Listen to the full podcast or read the transcript.

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