ERIC Number: ED382366
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Feb-12
Relationships among Social Status, Pragmatic Skills and Academic Achievement.
Chaney, Carolyn; And Others
A study investigated the relationship between children's communication competence and perceptions of communication abilities, academic performance, and social status. Subjects were 36 children in fifth and sixth grades. The subjects completed a 30-item questionnaire on perceptions of themselves and their classmates along 3 factors: academic achievement, communication skills, and popularity. To measure actual communication ability, a discourse analysis was made of each child's spontaneous speech from tape-recorded discussions with peers. Correlations indicate that conversational ability was quite unrelated to either peers' or self ratings for either age group. In the discourse analysis, talking time and number of turns did not always discriminate between "good" and "poor" talkers. Results suggest that children tend to relate popularity, academic ability, and communicative skill, but these perceptions are not related to measured pragmatic skills. The questions used in the complete questionnaire and the Discourse Analysis (adapted from Damico) are appended. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the Western States Communication Association (Portland, OR, February 12, 1995).