NEW YORK — Kids are learning science by watching movies and gaming video games more often than from class, according to a new study.
The findings from a large study on learning behavior in the United States, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, were published on Monday.
Children are watching more science-related content, learning more science from videos and using video games to explore their concepts and problems more than from any other type of material, the study found.
For the study, researchers analyzed data from a national sample of children ages 5 to 10 in the U.S. and the U-K.A., an organization that supports educational research and the arts, and asked students to rate how much they enjoyed the science content they watched.
They then asked students how much of that science they would recommend for their own children to watch.
Children who watched more science content were more likely to recommend watching it to their own kids, the researchers found.
And the more kids watched it, the more likely they were to recommend it for their classmates, too.
Kids who watched science more were also more likely than those who watched less to report enjoying watching science from documentaries, news shows and popular science shows.
Overall, the findings show kids watching more and playing more science are more likely, than their peers, to have developed better science-reading skills, the authors wrote.
“Kids are more invested in learning about science and are more interested in learning and engaging with science than they were a few decades ago, said the study’s senior author, Robert C. Faraone, Ph.
D., a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
The findings show that young people are engaging in science by doing science-based activities, including taking a science quiz, watching video games, reading and writing science-themed essays, and using science-appropriate technology in their homes and in schools, the report said.
This year, children ages 8 to 17 are more engaged in science than their counterparts were in 1999.
They are also more interested, the scientists said.
The researchers hope their findings will encourage educators and parents to take a closer look at how kids learn science.
The authors suggest that children, and especially children who are learning more, should be encouraged to seek out more science resources and to engage with the content they are exposed to.
The study was funded by the National Science Foundation.