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ERIC Number: EJ1151969
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Sep
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3532
Why Would You Say Goodnight to the Moon? Response of Young Intellectually Gifted Children to Lower and Higher Order Questions during Storybook Reading
Walsh, Rosalind; Bowes, Jennifer; Sweller, Naomi
Journal for the Education of the Gifted, v40 n3 p220-246 Sep 2017
Research into the effect of questions asked during storybook reading in preschool settings has rarely investigated questions that elicit higher order thinking. In the current study, Blank et al.'s Four Levels of Abstraction were used to code teacher questions and child responses from 177 individual storybook reading sessions with eight intellectually gifted 3- and 4-year-old children. The aim was to investigate the level of cognitive response gifted preschoolers made to lower and higher order questions during shared book reading. As expected, lower order questions, the most frequent form of teacher questions, elicited mainly lower order responses. Significant cognitive correspondence was also found for higher order questions, which elicited higher order child responses 88% of the time. This suggests that higher order questioning would be a valuable addition to preschool storybook reading, particularly to extend the thinking of young intellectually gifted children.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test; Raven Progressive Matrices
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