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ERIC Number: ED268813
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Pages: 34
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Black Students' Responses to Oral Instructions Presented in Black English Versus Standard English.
Williamson-Ige, Dorothy K.
A study investigated whether students comprehend more from a Black teacher using Black English and whether Black students view a Black teacher using Black dialect as being more credible than one without Black speech characteristics. The research consisted of a pilot study with White students to test the appropriateness of the instruments and methodology developed, and a full-scale study with 72 Black high school speech students who were divided into three groups. Two 12-minute audiotapes providing instructional material in both standard English and Black dialect, spoken by the same individual, were presented to two of the student groups as a normal classroom exercise, with the third group maintained as a control group. Following the tapes, the two experimental groups were asked to complete an information test and semantic differential scales concerning the expertise, dynamism, and friendliness of the speaker; the third group completed only the information test. Analysis of the results suggested that there was a difference in comprehension between the two treatments, but that it was statistically insignificant. It also suggested that there was a perceived difference in credibility, with the Black students rating the Black speech as more credible, but that this difference also was statistically insignificant. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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