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ERIC Number: ED354771
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Pages: 43
Abstractor: N/A
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Narrative Literacy Patterns of Northern Ute Adolescent Students.
Manuel-Dupont, Sonia
The relationship between oral language and academic success as a rationale for the study of narrative structures is discussed in order to determine Northern Ute children's acquisition of "school language" structures. In addition, this paper compares hypotheses concerning the expected linguistic behavior of Northern Ute children in retelling narratives with actual narrative-retelling skills of 41 children to determine if Ute children: (1) demonstrate the ability to retell narratives, (2) construct narratives in a manner predicted by research on mainstream (predominantly Anglo) children, and (3) construct narratives in a manner predicted by previous research on adult and adolescent Northern Utes. It is concluded that success in teaching school-language will be accomplished only when both students and teachers recognize the existence, importance, and functions of the home- and school-language traditions and do not try to learn or teach one to the exclusion of the other. Just as Northern Ute children have demonstrated the ability to use context-controlled story grammar categories, they should be given the opportunity to expand this skill into context-controlled language traditions. Contains 33 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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