ERIC Number: ED028004
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jan
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of Selected Communication Patterns on Level of Abstraction, Length, and Complexity of Sentence in Speech of Children. Final Report.
Smith, Dennis R.
The effect was investigated of diadic, peer group discussion, and role-playing communication patterns on level of abstraction, length of response, and complexity of sentence structure in the speech of children from low socioeconomic environments in response to a verbal task using 2 levels of abstraction (objects and pictures of objects). Subjects consisted of 69 children (50 were predominantly Spanish-speaking), kindergarten through third grade, in a school for children of migrant workers in Leoti, Kansas. Significant differences were found between the three patterns of the proportion of word, phrase, and sentence responses. Evidence indicated that dimensions of the communication situation interact significantly with the speech response of the child. (JM)
Descriptors: Abstract Reasoning, Classroom Communication, Communication Problems, Communication Skills, Delayed Speech, Economically Disadvantaged, Educationally Disadvantaged, Migrant Children, Sentence Structure, Situational Tests, Socioeconomic Influences, Spanish Speaking, Speech, Speech Evaluation, Verbal Ability, Verbal Communication
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York Research Foundation, Buffalo.