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ERIC Number: ED168674
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Effects of Storytelling on Language Development.
Delano, June S.
The effects of storytelling on the language development of kindergarten and first grade children were examined through an informal study in an ESEA Title I Program which stressed storytelling and language development. Teacher aides trained in storytelling techniques read a story to small groups of children each day. The subjects, randomly selected from two schools in the Title I Program and one school not eligible for Title I, responded to questions about three pictures. The children's responses were taped in the fall and again in the spring. An interviewer met with the children individually away from the classroon, showed each child each picture, and asked questions pertaining specifically to each of the three pictures. A comparative analysis of the responses and increases in vocabulary of Title I and non-Title I children indicated that the average amount of gain for the Title I children was greater than the average amount of gain for the non-Title I children, even though overall, the non-Title I children had greater language fluency. These results indicated that telling stories had a beneficial effect on the Title I children and it was concluded that the program should be retained as an integral part of the language program. (Author/CM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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