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ERIC Number: ED352148
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Pages: 41
Abstractor: N/A
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Black Kindergartners' Spoken Narratives: Style, Structure and Task.
Hyon, Sunny; Sulzby, Elizabeth
This study of the narratives of 48 black, low-income, urban kindergartners examined the frequency of topic-centered style (a discourse centering on a single topic) and topic-associating style (a discourse of personal anecdotes or episodes whose connections are never overtly stated). The children were from four classrooms in two schools in Pontiac, Michigan, a lower working class suburb of Detroit. The storytelling task was conducted between the child and a familiar adult interviewer. Results revealed that 16 children told topic-associating stories and 28 told topic-centered stories. Of the topic-centered narratives, 10 were retellings of familiar storybooks. Results appeared to refute earlier studies that concluded that black children show a preference for a topic-associating style. Story transcripts, and a list of 27 references, are included. (MM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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