ERIC Number: ED071240
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Dec
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Verbal Elaboration Phenomena in Nursery School Children. Research Report #28.
Turnure, James E.; Thurlow, Martha L.
Two studies investigated characteristics of verbal elaborations (length and number of relations provided by the syntactic construction) to determine what makes them effective mediators for young children. Study I treated the role of an elaboration's length in facilitating paired associate learning in 22 nursery school children. Data indicated that longer paragraphs (three sentences) might be more effective than shorter paragraphs (two sentences), and that factors other than length might be important as well. Study II demonstrated that when 17 five year old children were given elaborations containing three relations (either sentences or paragraphs), they made fewer errors than those given one-relation sentences. Results indicated that within grammatically appropriate constructions, relational characteristics were more important than either the specific structures studied or physical length of an elaboration in facilitating paired associate performance. Similarities in the performance trends of normal and retarded children across levels of task difficulty were examined. (Author/GW)
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Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Research, Development, and Demonstration Center in Education of Handicapped Children.