ERIC Number: ED082861
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Studies of Young Children's Thought and Language. Final Report.
Webb, Roger A.
A series of studies on young children's use of the terms "same" and "different" are reported. The work began from the observation that young children could respond correctly to instructions involving "same" but were often incorrect in response to "different". This finding was replicated under a variety of experimental conditions and found to be reliable and stable. Same-different judgement tasks were found to be unsuitable for use with young subjects, and no significant correlation between this same-different phenomenon and classification performance was found. The findings are reviewed in terms of several linguistic models, and a four stage developmental model for the child's use of different" is postulated. The significance of these findings for a theory of semantic development and for experimental and instructional work with young children is discussed. (DP)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.; National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Regional Research Program.
Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD.