ERIC Number: ED042757
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Latency of Teachers' Semantic Differential Ratings of Children's Speech. Technical Report.
Williams, Frederick; And Others
The aim of this study was to assess the length of latencies or reaction times that it took for 15 teachers and prospective teachers to judge the degree of "ethnic-nonstandardness" or "confidence-eagerness" in a child's speech. A set of 2-minute video-tapes made from interviews with six 11 and 12 year old boys from six ethno-status groups--Black middle and lower, Mexican-American middle and lower, and Anglo middle and lower--was shown to the subjects, who were asked, as they watched the tapes, to signal the duration of time necessary to mark 15 scale cards and sequence them in any order they felt to be valid. Time lapses in the sequencing of the cards and the amount of viewing time relative to each scale completion were then recorded and tabulated. It It was found that it took an average of 1 and one-half minutes to rate a child's speech as either "ethnic-nonstandard" or "confident-eager." (See also TE 002 000 and TE 002 002.) (JM)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Center for Communication Research.