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ERIC Number: ED468907
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Pages: 12
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Developmental Levels of the Child's Storytelling.
Marjanovic-Umek, Ljubica; Kranjc, Simona; Fekonja, Urska
Noting that examining the storytelling skills of children between 4 and 8 years of age can provide insights into the child's overall language development, this study explored the development of children's storytelling, using story coherence and story cohesion to evaluate the developmental level of the child's storytelling. Participating in the study were 45 children, 4, 6, and 8 years old. The children were read a story (The Princess and the Pea) from a picture book and then asked to retell it freely while looking at pictures in the book. Findings showed age differences in both story content and structure and support the significance of storytelling as an educational method for language development, with consideration of the child's developmental abilities. Four-year-olds mostly told stories with no structure or with a very simple structure and static descriptions of the book's illustrations. Their stories also showed thematic discontinuations and much repetition. In comparison, 6-year-olds' stories showed significantly more use of structured patterns based on a temporal sequence of events, though still relatively static. Eight-year-olds' stories were mostly structured and contained descriptions of characters' thought and feeling, appropriate relations and connections among them, and causal relations defined. Both 6- and 8-year-olds, in comparison to 4-year-olds, constructed stories with a linear thematic organization with thematic continuity, and used many more pronouns, hypernyms, and hyponyms. Numerous examples from the children's stories illustrate developmental differences in storytelling. (Contains 13 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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