ERIC Number: ED162323
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
The Influence of Dialect and Stimulus Mobility on Hawaiian Children's Communication Skills.
Ciborowski, Tom; Price-Williams, D.
Thirty-two Hawaiian children in grades two, four, and seven participated in a study designed to test an ethnographic observation that rural Hawaiian children are highly sensitive to movement and location in their visual environment, and also to test the effect on the children of using Pidgin versus Standard English (S.E.). The children were divided into pairs; one child in each pair then viewed a videotape showing abstract shapes--half of which were stationary and half of which moved across the screen--and attempted to describe them to the other child. Half the subjects from each grade level performed the task in Pidgin and half in S.E. Analysis of the results indicated that the seventh graders committed significantly fewer errors than both younger groups; that the second graders committed slightly fewer errors when the task was performed in Pidgin, but that both fourth and seventh graders committed fewer errors when the task was performed in S.E.; and that there were no differences in performance when the stimuli moved compared with when they were stationary. (GW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kamehameha Schools, Honolulu, HI. Kamehameha Early Education Project.