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ERIC Number: ED047048
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb
Pages: 11
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Reference Count: 0
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Home Environment and the Development of Verbal Ability.
Jones, Pauline A.
This study of the relation of variables of home environment to differences in children's cognitive development used a sample of 25 pairs of grade five boys in the 10-12 age range matched for general intelligence but discrepant with respect to verbal ability. Home environmental measures were obtained by means of a 70 minute interview with the mother. Differences between means for the high verbal boys as compared with low verbal boys revealed that high verbal boys were from homes where parents have a higher interaction index, higher academic and vocational aspirations, provided more opportunities for the use and development of language, and higher occupational status. The variable "opportunities for the use and development of language" was the best predictor of verbal ability for the pooled sample. Inclusion of the occupational level of parents as a second predictor significantly increased predictability of verbal scores. Findings of the study are considered to contribute to understanding the interactive process between environment and heredity, and enhance the ability to maximize the environmental influence for the improvement of deficit skills. [Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document.] (Author/JM)
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Identifiers: Canada
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, N.Y., February 1971