ERIC Number: ED203637
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Conversational Strategies of Learning Disabled Children.
Donahue, Mavis; And Others
Conversational competence of 20 learning disabled (LD) second and fourth graders was examined through analysis of videotaped interviews between Ss and their peers. Results indicated that LD Ss were cooperative conversational partners who were able to participate in the reciprocal exchange of turns; however, they were less skilled than nondisabled children in initiating and maintaining a conversation with a peer and less able to sustain a dominant role than nondisabled Ss. LD Ss were less likely to use process questions which place a greater demand on the listener to produce extended narratives. LD girls and LD second graders began a greater proportion of their speaking turns with conversational devices. It is suggested that the failure to assume conversational responsibility may add to the LD child's social rejection by peers. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Chicago. Inst. for Learning Disabilities.
Note: Paper presented at the Boston University Conference on Language Development (Boston, MA, October, 1980).