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ERIC Number: ED052189
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 212
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A Descriptive Exploration of the Growth and Development of Spontaneous Oral Vocabulary of Elementary School Children.
Lindsay, Marie Rumford
An investigation was designed to ascertain the change in the spontaneous oral vocabulary of 25 boys and 25 girls in four successive biennial interviews as the children progressed from kindergarten through grades two, four, and six. The investigation assumed the probable interrelation of children's reading and oral language. Six hypotheses were designed to explore the changes in the number of different words, running words, maze words, maze noises and maze syllables, and the ratio of different words and maze words to running words. Eleven exploratory questions related to the hypotheses probed individual consistency between Part I (activities) and Part II (content of pictures) and the effect of sex. Two exploratory questions identified unusual words and the 100 words most frequently used at each grade. The interviews produced 139,045 running words tabulated for frequency by grade, sex, and part of the interview. The growth in number of different words, running words, and their interrelations was not usually significant at a two-year interval, generally significant at a four-year interval, and always significant at the six-year interval. There was a moderate to substantial correlation between Part I and Part II of the same interview. The boys and girls were compared 36 times, but only one comparison indicated a difference at the .05 level of significance. (Author/CK)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, University of California, Berkeley