ERIC Number: ED034577
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Verbal Behavior of Preschool Teachers. A Very Preliminary Report.
Katz, Lilian G.
This paper is a preliminary report of a small research project undertaken to follow up some observations of Head Start classes. The project, which is in the early stages of developing procedures and techniques, hopes to investigate the preliminary observation that teachers' verbal responses to children have the function of ending a child's thinking rather than extending it. Some of the research related to children's intellectual development which has come from studies of mother-child interaction will be applied to the classroom process. If research indicates a need for improvement of teacher's verbal responses, it is hoped that techniques will be developed to make this possible. Related research confirms hypotheses that certain characteristics of adult verbal behavior are crucial aspects of the child's environment and that teachers do differ in their speech styles. Project plans are to analyze transcripts of teachers' classroom speech in terms of function (effect it will leave on the child) and message (actual information carried). The methods for classifying functions and messages are not yet perfected. The project hopes to determine an optimum level for different types of verbal behavior by teachers and to study situational determinants of teachers' speech. (MH)
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Sponsor: Illinois Univ., Urbana.
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Salt Lake City, Utah, November, 1969