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ERIC Number: ED124955
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 153
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The Relationship between the Type of Questions, Stimuli, and the Oral Language Production of Children.
Smith, Charlotte Troester
This research was designed to determine whether the type of questions asked and the stimuli about which the questions were asked would have any measurable effect on the thought processes of second and fourth graders. Stimuli included a picture consisting of three illustrations, a listening stimulus composed of a story that was read to each student, and a reading stimulus consisting of a story read by each student. Factual and interpretive questions were then asked about each stimulus, and the children's oral language production was compared with regard to number of words used in each communication unit. Data revealed that the average length of communication units was significantly longer for interpretive questions about the listening stimulus than the picture stimulus for both age groups. Grade four subjects used longer units in answering interpretive questions about listening stimulus than about reading stimulus, while answers given by second graders did not differ significantly in this regard. Research findings suggest that type of question and stimulus form does indeed affect children's thought processes when measured by oral language production. (Author/KS)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California, Berkeley