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ERIC Number: ED431326
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 45
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The Influence of Private Speech on Writing Development: A Vygotskian Perspective.
Schimmoeller, Margaret A.
This paper presents a portion of a larger study testing assumptions from Lev Vygotsky's spontaneous private speech theory and the relationship between private speech (overt self-talk) and writing development. Sixteen kindergarten and first-grade children were observed over time in natural classroom settings to note changes in private speech and writing performance while writing journals. Results supported Vygotsky's prediction for increased task-relevant private speech as task difficulty increased but remained within the child's instructional zone. Children used more self-guiding speech as they transitioned from one writing stage to the next. In general, results revealed that children at this developmental level used speech while engaged in expressive writing. A discussion of results considers limitations of the coding system used, methodological issues for further research concerning spontaneous private speech, and recommendations to elementary teachers concerning teaching methods that apply Vygotsky's ideas to the learning process. Contains 19 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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