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ERIC Number: ED252905
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jan
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
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Children's Attempts to Verbally Label an Unfamiliar Object: An Exploratory Study.
Valentine, Carol; And Others
In an effort to describe the linguistic relational categories used by elementary school children, 75 children in grades one through six were asked to complete a puzzle by placing each of three identical triangles on a drawing of a fish, one on the dorsal, one on the ventral, and one on the tail. A piece of Velcro was attached to the back of two triangles. The third piece contained no Velcro backing and hence would not adhere to the puzzle. The chidren were requested to ask their teacher for an additional piece of the material, but were not told the name of the material. It was hypothesized that as age increased, so would the number of descriptive categories used. Their verbal requests to the teacher were categorized according to 24 possible relational categories. An analysis of grade level and sex revealed no developmental trends as to the number or type of categories used. An analysis of their responses to the experimenter in the puzzle situation was also made. While about half of the children attempted to find out the name of the material, no trends in age level or sex were detected. It was concluded that the task placed linguistic demands upon the children that were greater than they could cope with considering their limited experience with Velcro and that coping mechanisms were no more sophisticated at one level than another. (The appendix contains illustrations of repsonses in each class.) (Author/HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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