ERIC Number: ED374917
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Zulu and Sotho Preschoolers: A Study of Communication and Teaching in the Home.
Liddell, Christine; And Others
This study sought to understand how South African Sotho and Zulu children learn and communicate at home. Data were collected from 80 homes of 5-year-olds through observation and supplemented by audiotaped sessions. The analysis sought to identify the social rules and constraints governing the amount, style, and content of the information transmitted to the child. Qualitative and quantitative analysis revealed that communication was influenced by the variables of age and sex of the communicator, and that these differences were related to seniority and the female gender. In the spontaneous interactions that were observed, children received a greater proportion of information from their peers than from adults. In the audiotaped sessions, which sought to record standardized school-based tasks, older children (especially girls) and adults took on a more active role in interacting with the children. The results suggest that to improve the children's academic achievement, intervention should focus on stimulating the interest and participation of the family members who influence the child. (BAC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Age Differences, Audiotape Recordings, Communication Research, Communication (Thought Transfer), Family Influence, Foreign Countries, Literacy Education, Naturalistic Observation, Parents as Teachers, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Sex Differences, Teaching Methods
Human Sciences Research Council, Private Bag X41, Pretoria 0001, South Africa.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria (South Africa).
Identifiers - Location: South Africa