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ERIC Number: ED084560
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 284
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The Development of Auditory Skills in Young Children: An Interdisciplinary View.
Alexander, Paulette Marlowe
The problem of this study was to find out how auditory skills develop and what teachers can do to help children who have not developed them sufficiently to support successful reading instruction. It was hypothesized that most of the strategies for developing auditory skills were already in the literature of the related disciplines but needed to be brought together and made more accessible to classroom teachers. The procedure was to study the literature on auditory skills in the various related disciplines to discover principles of language learning and strategies which a regular classroom teacher could implement. The study revealed that fundamental processes were generally neglected. Most of the efforts to develop auditory skills were concerned with phonics, although awareness of speech sounds is the last auditory skill to develop. Study of the literature suggested that rhythm, repetition, and pleasure are central to the development of auditory skills. The most crucial process in language development, apparently, is the internalization of auditory input. The child must internalize the patterns of his language to the point where he can use them automatically in spontaneous speech. The main conclusion drawn from the study is that teachers need intensive training in linguistic fundamentals and the stages of language development and in implementing available aesthetic resources. (Author/WR)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Massachusetts