ERIC Number: ED227472
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Categorization of Two Children's Questions about Print as They Learn to Read: A Case Study.
Yaden, David B., Jr.
A study investigated the kinds of questions children ask as they encounter written language. Data were gathered over a 7-month period for two boys, one approximately 4, the other approximately 2 years of age. Two types of observation sessions were used: formal story reading times that were audiorecorded, and informal situations where the children's questions about print in the environment were noted in a log. Analysis of data revealed that the two children spontaneously inquired about the sounds and meanings of words, the content of stories, and the actions and motivations of characters in the stories. Questions about characters constituted the largest category for both children, comprising about 30% of the older boy's and 70% of the younger one's questions. Neither child asked consistently about the sounds or names of letters. Overall, the findings indicate that even at age 2, children ask a variety of specific questions about print. These results support previous research suggesting that story book reading is a highly effective channel of information for a child. The results further indicate that reading teachers should not restrict children's opportunities to ask questions about written language. (Sample log sheets and excerpts from transcripts of formal observations are appended.) (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Print Awareness; Questions
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Oklahoma Reading Conference of the International Reading Association (28th, Lawton, OK, March 12-13, 1982).