ERIC Number: ED199640
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May
The Young Child's Concept of Story.
Woodward, Virginia A.
Tracing the development of "concept of story" in one child from age three years to five years using the language experience task, a hierarchy of text/context relationships emerges. First there is the inventory stage whereby the child names and describes behaviors to objects. The second stage is descriptive and the child modifies the object and the action of the object beyond the situational context. The third stage is textual and involves text features such as whether the work is fiction or informational. Language strategies that are used include (1) predicting from what is known about print, and (2) editing--refining, elaborating, extending, and coordinating meaning. To understand the child's concept of story, educators need to look at story composition in different contexts, such as having students write their own stories, write stories from pictures, or reading a book. Each of these different contexts allows the child opportunities for examining and using alternate features of standard convention. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (25th, St. Louis, MO, May 14-17, 1980).