ERIC Number: ED215568
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Alphabet Identification by Spanish Speaking Three to Five Year Olds.
Masonheimer, Patricia E.
A study is presented which investigated ways Spanish speaking preschool children learn to identify letters of the alphabet, the types of errors made in identifying letters, and whether there is a developmental learning sequence in alphabet learning for Spanish speakers. The question of the influence of socioeconomic level on performance was also considered. Sixty-three children from a Spanish language preschool and 64 children from two English language preschools participated in the study. Each child was asked to identify the letter of the alphabet which was printed on a card. Comparison of responses revealed significant differences in the number of correct responses and in the types of errors. Examination of the errors revealed that English speaking children move from making conceptual errors at age 3 to making perceptual discrimination errors between similar letter configurations at age 5. Spanish speaking 5-year olds performed in much the same manner as English speaking 3-year olds. It is suggested that investigation of home environment variables might indicate reasons for the difference in the acquisition of basic cognitive and linguistic skills. (Author/AMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: For related document see ED 202 602.