ERIC Number: ED189603
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
The Classroom Environment and the Development of Oral Expression. A Pilot Study Report.
Based on the contention that knowledge of how and where children learn to speak is essential to the development of sound bilingual educational programs, a research project was undertaken to gain insights into how children learn oral language at school. Three bilingual and 39 nonbilingual classrooms at the preschool through the sixth grade level were observed for one complete school day, with observers concentrating on one child selected at random from the total class. Observers recorded the length of time the child was directed or induced to speak by the teacher and noted the total amount of time the child was under direct adult supervision during the day. The findings suggested the following: (1) children speak but are not required to do so by the teacher; (2) children are learning to speak outside the control of teachers; and (3) teachers do not control the oral language development of children. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Report prepared at California State University, Fresno.