ERIC Number: ED201314
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov-12
Application of Computer Technology to Indexes of Children's Language Development.
Crump, W. Donald; And Others
Subjects 9 to 15 years old were divided into four age levels by 18-month increments to compare learning disabled and normal students on indexes of both oral and written language. Four questions guided the inquiry: (1) Does the syntactic development of oral language differ at the age levels measured? (2) What is the trend of syntactic development in children's oral language? (3) Does the vocabulary development of children's oral language differ at the age levels measured? and (4) What is the trend of vocabulary development in children's oral language? Criteria for identification as learning disabled included an IQ of 80 or above on an intelligence test, not being judged as severely emotionally disturbed, or displaying an achievement discrepancy below 60 percent in oral or written language, basic reading, reading comprehension, or listening comprehension. Films and interviews were used to collect data, which were analyzed separately for oral and written language, using a two-way analysis of variance design. Results for oral language indicated that the syntactic development of learning disabled children is less well developed than that of their peers. For written language, indexes of syntactic development yielded results similar to those for oral language. (MER)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Mid-South Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (New Orleans, LA, November 12, 1980).