ERIC Number: ED153285
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
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Functional Communication in Children: A Developmental Perspective.
Brown, Kenneth L.
Based on the results of a research project and on the conviction that functional speech communication behaviors must be developed in children, this paper proposes several directions for the effective development of speech communication instruction in schools. The research project consisted of three phases: input, synthesis, and implementation. The input phase included a review of pertinent literature on the cognitive, social, and communication development of children, a behavioral study of children's competencies and attitudes in various communication settings, and an assessment of the attitudes of speech communication teachers regarding the development of goals for classroom instruction. The synthesis phase was a working conference that reviewed the input data and identified five large families of communication functions that include controlling, feeling, informing, ritualizing, and imagining. The implementation phase of the project translated the synthesis of data into a sample curriculum for elementary and secondary teachers that is centered on teaching the functional communication competencies. Questions for future research are included. (MAI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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