ERIC Number: ED186434
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Why Do You Ask?
Morine-Dershimer, Greta; Fagal, Fred
A sociolinguistic investigation of pupil interpretations of the functions of questions and responses was applied to 165 pupils in a multiethnic, lower socioeconomic status elementary school. Procedures involved videotaping of language arts lessons and family conversations. Videotapes were played back to pupils, who were then asked to explain "What reasons people had for saying these things." Pupils reported that responses made to questions occuring in family conversation served an informative function, but that the questions asked in a classroom situation served an instructional or routinely interactive function. There were no significant ethnic differences in pupil perceptions of the function of questions; there were, however, significant differences in teachers' use of questions, which appeared to relate to classroom differences in final reading achievement. (LH)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Educational Environment, Interaction, Learning Processes, Oral Communication Method, Questioning Techniques, Sociolinguistics, Student Attitudes, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Methods, Verbal Communication
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 1980).