ERIC Number: ED133938
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Children's Play and Social Speech. An NIMH Program Report.
Discussed in the monograph are procedures and conclusions of Dr. Catherine Garvey's research on the social speech of 48 preschool children. It is explained that each S was observed and videotaped while in a playroom with two other children. Findings are cited for the following areas of study (with sample conclusions in parentheses): social mechanisms and communicative competence (number of words per utterance increased with S's age, and one child's number of utterances was affected by the partner's utterances); requests for action and responses (varied forms were used according to circumstances); play with language and social play (all word play was original, and in all cases the social play quickly became a joint production); and pretend play (this type of play followed well organized patterns reflecting the concerns of the children). A summary presents the study's major finding, that young children are highly skilled in social behavior and are capable of widely varied interaction and communication. (CL)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD. Div. of Scientific and Public Information.