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ERIC Number: EJ810042
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1350-293X
The Facilitative Role of Adults in the Language Development of Afrikaans- and Sesotho-Speaking Preschool Children
Messerschmidt, Johanna; Ramabenyane, Julia; Venter, Ricka; Vorster, Carna
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v16 n3 p283-296 Sep 2008
Afrikaans and Sesotho are two of the 11 official languages of the Republic of South Africa. Data on the acquisition of these languages are scarce. It is interesting to compare the acquisition of the two languages because they are very different in grammatical structure. In addition, cultural differences may possibly be visible in the style of interaction between adult and child. The research reported on in this article is part of a larger project in which the language acquisition of Afrikaans- and Sesotho-speaking children between the age of 18 months and 3 years is being investigated. Data are obtained from video-recordings of the interaction between the children and adults during normal daily activities. Within the framework of Vygotsky's theory on the zone of proximal development, the aim of the research described in this article was to determine if the participating adults aimed to raise the level of development of the children. Similarities as well as differences between the roles of the adults of the two language groups were found. On the basis of this research we recommend that educators and caretakers in multicultural situations be aware of cultural differences and adapt their interaction style to incorporate appropriate scaffolding in order to maximize cognitive development. (Contains 1 table and 9 figures.) [Abstract also included in French, German and Spanish.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa