ERIC Number: ED312046
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
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Use of Low Structured Observation for Assessing Communicative Intents in Young Children.
Holdgrafer, Gary E.; Dunst, Carl J.
A total of 36 normally developing children of 13-30 months of age were evenly divided into three age groups and observed while playing with their mothers. Their communicative behaviors were recorded according to intent and level. Intent was classified as comment, request, and reject; levels were nonverbal, verbal-contextual, and verbal-decontextual. Findings were examined for an interaction of sex and age of subject with frequency of each intent at each level. There was a significant age x intent x level interaction. Rejects occurred significantly less often than either comments or requests, which did not differ significantly. A follow-up tally indicated that decontextual utterances by children were infrequent, as were maternal decontextual utterances. This finding appeared to be a function of the play materials. Implications for the use of low-structured observation are discussed. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Canada