ERIC Number: ED267527
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Adult Interaction and Questioning of Special Needs Children in an Integrated Programme.
Brophy, Kathleen; And Others
To assess teacher interaction (specifically in regard to the use of questions) with special needs and nonspecial needs preschoolers, 16 special needs and 16 control Ss (3 to 5 years old) were identified. Each of the target Ss was videotaped for two different 15-minute segments in free play and at randomly selected times. Videotapes were analyzed for adult-child interactions and for each question asked by the adult of the child. On the whole, teachers behaved in a very similar manner with both special needs and nonspecial needs Ss. However, nonspecial needs Ss initiated 32 interactions with the adults while special needs Ss initiated only 14. Teachers asked significantly more questions of special needs Ss than nonspecial needs Ss. Evaluation questions were the most frequently asked of both groups. Findings support previous work suggesting the need for helping teachers formulate more divergent questions to develop students' problem solving skills. Results also indicated the importance of training teachers to interact more verbally with nonverbal children. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Society for Research in Child Development (Toronto, Canada, April 25-28, 1985).