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ERIC Number: EJ1132333
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1172
Oral Language Usage in Prekindergarten Classrooms
Ratcliff, Nancy; Carroll, Kimberly; Savage-Davis, Emma; Costner, Richard; Jones, Cathy; Pritchard, Nicholas; Hunt, Gilbert
Education, v137 n3 p306-319 Spr 2017
Providing young children with appropriate language models is crucial when developing a high quality learning environment. This article shares findings from an observational study designed to gain insight into how teachers and paraprofessionals modeled language in federally funded prekindergarten classrooms and how the four-year-old students responded. Analyses of data indicate that although teachers did model undesired language usage, the paraprofessionals were 2.86 to 3.29 times more likely to do so. As for the students, analyses indicate they used desired language structures more frequently with their peers than with adults. The authors discuss how teaching methodologies may be a factor impacting this phenomenon. Adjustments to the learning environment and teaching methodologies that can positively impact these issues are also shared.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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