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ERIC Number: ED056031
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 126
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A Comparative Study of Expressive and Comprehensive Vocabulary Development in Male and Female Kindergarten Children.
Laney, Billie Johnson
This study was designed to learn more about relationships between sex and the expressive and comprehensive language development of the kindergarten child. Thirty-four kindergarten children (17 males and 17 females) were given the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT) and the Vocabulary Subtest of the Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC). The PPVT was used to measure the comprehensive vocabulary of the participants, and the WISC subtest was used to measure the expressive vocabulary of the participants. The comprehensive and expressive vocabulary scores were analyzed by means of Pearson's coefficient of correlation "r" and the chi-square test of covariance. The five per cent level of significance was chosen as the level of rejection for the null hypotheses. Conclusions include: Similar rates of development in comprehensive and expressive vocabulary are present in the kindergarten child; (2) Kindergarten males and females show no differences in expressive vocabulary development; (3) The behavioral differences between the males and females noted during the testing process are perhaps related to the societal roles assigned to males and females; (4) The differences in the children's attitude toward the male and female examiner are perhaps related to the concept of a teacher; (5) Race and cultural background are related to the level of language development. (Author/CK)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, East Texas State University