ERIC Number: ED162341
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Communicative Intentions: Effects of Task Variation and Role Designation.
Pickert, Sarah M.; Sgan, Mabel L.
Categories such as commanding, requesting, and explaining were used to analyze communicative intentions in conversations of 108 children, aged five through nine, during three sets of play activities varying in task specification and leadership role assignment. Results showed that the frequency and variety of communicative intention categories increased with age, as did differences in category use between tasks. Role designation, socioeconomic status, and sex did not have statistically significant effects. Teachers' ratings of ability to express ideas in a classroom correlated significantly with the frequency and variety of communicative intention categories. The findings suggest that within this age range, language use is increasingly sensitive to task variation but not to leadership designation. (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, New York, April 1977)