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ERIC Number: ED078383
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Mar
Pages: 11
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Children's Responses to Reading and Hearing Standard English and Nonstandard Dialect Stories: A Study of Evaluation and Comprehension.
Mathewson, Grover C.
Two studies are discussed in this research report, which was presented at the 1973 American Educational Research Association meeting. The first study investigated whether black children would evaluate Black English selections more favorably than standard English selections and whether favorable evaluation would lead to greater comprehension of the Black English selections. The subjects, 24 black and 24 white third grade students, used a seven-point semantic differential type scale to rate the stories. The results of the experiment showed that the black children rated the Black English materials as worse, less correct, and harder to read than the Standard English materials. The second study was conducted in the same manner as the first, but an auditory dimension was added by playing the stories on a tape recorder. The stories were folk tales, and two more dialects were added, pidgin from Hawaii and Cajun from Louisiana. The findings indicated: (1) black children think that listening to the Black English story versions is better and more beautiful than white children do; (2) black children's comprehension of the Black English versions is better than their comprehension of stories in the other dialects; and (3) there was no difference between black and white children in their comprehension of spoken Standard English stories. (WR)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Assn. (New Orleans, February 25-March 1, 1973)