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ERIC Number: ED070081
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 168
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Comparison of Standard English Patterns Produced by Head Start Participants and Comparable Children with No Head Start Experience.
Robinson, Virginia Hope
This study compared the use of oral language of children who had participated in a Head Start program with that of children with no preschool experience. Of the 43 children enrolled in Project Uplift, 25 were Afro-American, one was Anglo-American, and seventeen were Mexican-American. It was found that Head Start participation for the groups studied did not seem to affect significantly the ability to imitate standard English patterns or to increase use of standard forms of pronouns and auxiliary verbs in the production of language. This study showed that Mexican-American subjects employed a higher proportion of standard forms of auxiliary verbs than did Afro-Americans. Further, of all sub-groups, Afro-American boys with two years of participation in this Head Start program seemed most likely to have been affected by the experience. Two-year Afro-American subjects used fewer nonstandard responses in the imitation task and employed a larger proportion of auxiliary verbs in the oral language tasks than did subjects with no Head Start experience. (Author/DI)
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