ERIC Number: ED038184
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
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The Development of a Computer Technique for the Content Analysis of Psycho-social Factors in the Oral Language of Kindergarten Children.
Sause, Edwin F.; Crowley, Francis J.
To find out if a computer could be programmed to efficiently analyze the psychosocial factors in the speech of children, taped language samples were collected from structured interviews with 81 male and 63 female kindergarten children. Thirty psychological and social factors relevant to children's speech were drawn from the words in the samples. A group of school psychologists then independently placed each sample word into its appropriate category to form a content analysis dictionary. Subsequent computer content analysis of data agreed closely with the content analysis performed by a kindergarten teacher. Computer content analysis of sex differences also agreed closely with research and opinion about personality differences in boys and girls. It was concluded that computer analysis of psychosocial factors in the language of young children is a quick, efficient way to gather information that was previously expensive and time consuming to obtain. The second part of this document is a paper which describes the development of the analysis technique used in the language study and contains the data and implications of the project. (MH)
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Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March, 1970