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ERIC Number: ED125783
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Pages: 14
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Reference Count: 0
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Differential Referent Familiarity as a Determinant of the Communication Effectiveness of Young Children.
Goldstein, David; Kose, Gary
The effect of differential knowledge of a referent on children's communication effectiveness was investigated. A total of 40 boys and 40 girls from kindergarten and second grade were given one or three opportunities to explore a maze-like construction approximately 22 square meters in area. Each child was then required to verbally describe the correct path through this maze to another child of the same grade and sex. Children with three exploration opportunities communicated significantly more information to their partners than did children with one exploration opportunity, regardless of sex or grade. The evidence that increased referent familiarity resulted in increased communication effectiveness was seen as a constraint on childhood egocentrism. (Author/SB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Southeastern Conference on Human Development (4th, Nashville, Tennessee, April 15-17, 1976)