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ERIC Number: ED115367
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 12
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The Role of Language in Early Childhood Education.
Radeloff, Deanna J.
This paper discusses the role of language in early childhood education. The concept of Chomsky's generative grammar is explained briefly and the linguistic approaches of Piaget, Vygotsky and Whorf are compared with regard to the relations between cognitive structures and inner linguistic structures. An enigmatic discussion of language acquisition is presented in order to suggest the scope of issues involved when studying linguistics. The sociological aspects of language are touched upon briefly. Three early childhood programs --New Nursery, Yonemura, and Talk Reform--are compared in terms of goals, teacher role, interactional patterns, level of preorganization, types of activities used, and evaluation methods. It is concluded that teachers need to be aware of current theories of language development and linguistic research and that they need to be able to listen diagnostically to each child's language. (JMB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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