ERIC Number: ED084031
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Overt Activity in Children's Sentence Production. Report from the Research Component "Children's Learning and Development".
McCabe, Ann E.; And Others
The ability of nursery school children to associate pairs of toys was assessed under four experimental conditions: (1) control, (2) subjects manipulating the toys, (3) subjects generating a sentence, and (4) subjects generating a sentence while manipulating the toys. All three subject-involvement conditions produced significantly better recognition performance than the control condition; but contrary to initial predictions, the difference was not significant between sentence and manipulation-plus-sentence conditions. In contrast to previous research, subjects in the sentence condition had little difficulty producing sentences when asked. Of interest was the finding that the quality of sentence production was poorer in the manipulation-plus-sentence condition than in the sentence condition. Results are discussed in terms of the possible conflict produced when the child is required to engage in more than one overt activity simultaneously. (Author/DP)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Research and Development Center for Cognitive Learning.