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ERIC Number: ED117954
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 11
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A Method for True Sequential Processing of Verbal Interaction Analysis Data.
Prokop, Manfred
Classroom Interaction Newsletter, n10 p45-49 1974
This paper describes a method to extract, by computer, maximum amounts of sequential information on pattern frequencies underlying verbal interactions in the foreign language classroom. For this purpose, an observation instrument was developed which was expected to allow the study of the structure of the interaction process; it was hypothesized that such interaction would move with a certain cyclical regularity and that sequential patterns of verbal behavior would be obtained which, in descending order of occurrence, would characterize dominant interactions. A computer program was written which, following certain conditions, segments the total interaction process into strings, lifts out embedded patterns, and orders them into groups of recurrent patterns. Examples are presented to show that sequential processing provides much more meaningful information on a classroom interaction than could hitherto be obtained from matrix analysis. The implications of research in this area for foreign language teaching are briefly discussed. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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