ERIC Number: ED231158
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Conversational Skills and Modeling in Learning Disabled Children.
Donahue, Mavis; Bryan, Tanis
The effects of modeling on conversational skills and on metaconversational knowledge of 52 learning disabled and normally achieving boys (grades 2 to 8) were investigated. Ss listened to one of two brief audiotapes: (1) a dialogue of a child interviewer modeling open ended questions, conversational devices, and contingent comments and responses; or (2) a monologue presenting only the interviewee's responses. Each S was then videotaped interviewing a classmate. Their metaconversational knowledge was also assessed. Although the dialogue model increased LD Ss' production of open ended questions and comments, these strategies appeared more difficult for their listeners to understand and expand on. Results of metaconversational responses suggest that LD Ss are aware of their difficulties in conversational interaction. (Author/CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (7th, Boston, MA, October 8-10, 1982).