ERIC Number: ED170028
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Functions of Private Speech in Preschool Children.
Pellegrini, A. D.
The purpose of the study was to observe the extent to which preschool children's actions were guided by private speech utterances in free play and puzzle solving conditions. A second purpose was to examine how the structure of private speech utterances varied according to the context in which they were uttered. Fifteen preschoolers were videotaped under both conditions. Comparison hypotheses were tested with the Wilcoxon Signed Rank Test. The hypothesis of independence was tested with the Spearman Rank Correlation Coefficient. Analyses suggest that most of the children's actions under both conditions were not guided by their private speech utterances. No significant relationship was found between success on the puzzle task and the amount of task relevant utterances generated while doing the puzzle. Results also indicated that private speech is largely predicted. (Author/MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Private Speech; Verbal Regulation of Behavior
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979)