ERIC Number: ED471007
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Review of Literature: Oral Language. Historical Research Summary #1.
Although children's oral language has been a focus of interest and inquiry through the 20th century, current investigations document research with literature of more recent decades to support investigations, theoretical design, or philosophical approach. The developmental nature of the literature, with marked changes in theory and methods of child language research, illustrates efforts to describe children's language in more precise and definitive ways. The format of this historical review of oral language is designed to: (1) identify the investigator; (2) describe the focus of the study; and (3) include verbatim comments of the researcher for the impact of a personal statement as a direct account of professional perspective. The review offers a summary of the earlier research from which current practice and further inquiry emerge. It concludes that the thrust of the interest by educational researchers and practitioners in the language development of the elementary school child during the decades of major instructional change, and the emerging knowledge of the language of both the preschool and school child, contributed to an efficient relationship between language instruction and language behavior. The primacy of oral language can be considered in its relationship to written language and will be included in subsequent literature reviews. Contains 112 references of research published between 1903 and 1969. (NKA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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