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ERIC Number: ED117757
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 309
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Language Functions Exploration of First Grade Students as Observed in Informal Classroom Environments.
Pinnell, Gay Su
The variety of language produced in school was examined with regard to the functions for which children use language and to elements of the context, emphasizing activities in which children engage and the expectations held by teachers and children. Language data was gathered from twelve children who wore a concealed, wireless recorder and were observed as they carried on activities in natural settings. Children and teachers were later interviewed. Tapes were transcribed and analyzed using a category system developed from Halliday's seven categories for functions of language: instrumental, regulatory, interactional, personal, imaginative, and heuristic. Levels were defined within the informative and heuristic categories. Language was examined in six different work situations and in peer and teacher/child interactions. Analysis of the data suggested that the informal classroom offers potential for the development of a comprehensive range of language functions and that a key to reaching this potential is the teacher's role. (Author/TS)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The Ohio State University