ERIC Number: ED059565
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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Some Procedures for Evaluating Language Development in Young Retarded Children.
Bowen, Mack L.
The study was designed to construct and evaluate a language inventory that would measure language ability of severely retarded children, aged 6 1/2 to 10 years. Five of R. M. Gagne's eight types of learning were chosen for identifying language ability, and eight subtests were developed to accompany these learning types. The subtests were stimulus response, motor imitation, vocal imitation, chaining objects, chaining actions, verbal association, multiple discrimination, and concept development. The language inventory was administered to 160 trainable mentally handicapped children, aged 6 1/2 to 10 years old. Based on the research findings, some tentative conclusions were drawn. The stimulus response subtest seemed to be too easy for most children. Little or no increase of mean scores was found for the chaining objects and chaining actions subtest. More complex tasks were needed on the motor imitation, vocal imitation, chaining objects, and chaining actions subtests to differentiate between the 8-6 and 9-6 age groups. Administration of the language inventory to 5-year-olds might be helpful. The size of subtest intercorrelations was found to increase with presentation of more complex types of learning. (CB)
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Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana.
Note: Doctoral Thesis, University of Illinois