ERIC Number: ED245519
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar-31
Reference Count: 0
Language Development among Learning Disabled and Normal Students at Intermediate and Secondary Age Levels. Final Report.
Simms, Rochelle B.; Crump, W. Donald
The study compared the language development of 72 learning disabled (LD) and 72 normal students at intermediate and secondary age levels (9-12 and 12-15 years of age). Ss were asked to respond to questions after viewing two films, and oral language samples were tape recorded and analyzed to examine syntactic and vocabulary development. Results supported the hypothesis that predicted significant differences between LD and normal Ss on three measures of syntactic development but did not support the hypothesis that predicted significant differences on four measures of vocabulary development. A significant linear trend among the age levels was noted for syntactic density scores. Possible reasons for findings are considered, including the effects on vocabulary findings of stimulus materials, research strategy, and measures used. Implications noted include the importance of providing opportunities for meaningful, diverse language to occur in the classroom. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Div. of Innovation and Development.
Authoring Institution: Alabama Univ., University. Coll. of Education.