ERIC Number: ED032192
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Feb
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Children's Word Associations to Individual Letters.
Davis, Mary Lou Ellison; Otto, Wayne
Data based on the single word responses children made to visually presented alphabet letter stimuli were examined and compared with earlier adult studies. One hundred and eighty sixth-grade students from two elementary schools participated in the study. The subjects responded by writing the first word they thought of beginning with the letter presented. The 26 letters of the alphabet were presented in random order, with children from one elementary school responding to upper-case letters and children from the other elementary school responding to lower-case letters. Incomplete response booklets were discarded, and others randomly discarded until a total of 70 for each school remained. Results indicated that strong associations were common across the case of the letter. Response patterns for upper- and lower-case letters were essentially the same. Some response differences between boys and girls were noted. As in the adult studies, most response patterns could be classified as subject words or nouns. The present study supports the conclusion that word frequency patterns do develop in response to alphabet letter stimuli. References and tables are included. (WB)
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Note: Paper presented at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Los Angeles, Calif., Feb. 5-9, 1969.