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ERIC Number: ED166637
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 26
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Three Types of Schemata in Children's Recall of Cohesive and Noncohesive Text.
Mosenthal, Peter
The assumption that "ideal" text grammars are valid descriptions of the schemata used by children to organize their recall of text was challenged in a study involving 150 elementary school children. The children, all with above-average reading ability, were classified as having one of three types of schemata: theme-initial (identifying the initial event of the text as the theme--the schemata used by adults), theme-final (identifying the final event of the text as the theme), and no-theme-structure (failing to use thematic structure to aid in prose processing). They then read and recalled 12 paragraphs representing the three schemata conditions. The results demonstrated that children's recall of text is a function of schemata structure as well as of text structure. The findings suggest that while ideal grammars may be valid descriptions for adults who share a common schemata, they are not always valid descriptions for children who have different schemata structures. (FL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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