ERIC Number: ED038171
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jan
Reference Count: 0
An Experimental Game in Oral Language Comprehension.
Keislar, Evan R.; Phinney, Jean
A project has been initiated to develop educational games for teaching cognitive skills to Head Start children. It is hypothesized that while a game format may be less efficient and less effective than conventional methods for the teaching of specific skills, the use of games in the curriculum will lead to significant improvement in attitude toward intellectual tasks and will minimize the need for constant supervision. This paper reports on a pilot study whose goal was to create a game what would teach children a listening comprehension of four linguistic constructions: conjunction, negation, joint denial, and exclusion. It was hypothesized that after playing the game, children would show improvement in their comprehension of spoken sentences using these constructions. In addition, children were expected to find the game enjoyable. The subjects, eight Head Start children from 4 years 3 months to 5 years old, were pre- and posttested with four game sessions intervening. Gains in posttest scores supported belief in the general effectiveness of the game for teaching the four linguistic constructions. Although there was no objective measure of the children's attitudes, they enjoyed the game and asked to play again, which seems to indicate that the game approach is appropriate for teaching tasks not intrinsically interesting. (MH)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles.