ERIC Number: ED088582
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
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The Question-Answer Exchange between Mothers and Young Children.
Robinson, W. P.; Arnold, Jenifer
The quality of mother-child linguistic interaction was studied in 40 6-year-old English children and their mothers. Both the middle and working classes were represented in the sample. Tasks were administered in which children were to ask questions of their mothers. Questions were analyzed in terms of open versus closed. The majority of the questions were open, simple rather than complex in construction. Generally, results did not support the hypothesis of social class differences in mother-child language interaction as predicted by Bernstein's theory. An extensive analysis of the tasks is presented. (SBT)
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Authoring Institution: Social Science Research Council, London (England).; Southampton Univ. (England). Dept. of Psychology.