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ERIC Number: EJ824343
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-0256-2928
Ordering and Structuring Ideas in Text: From Conceptual Organization to Linguistic Formulation
Coirier, Pierre; Favart, Monik; Chanquoy, Lucile
European Journal of Psychology of Education, v17 n2 p157-175 Jun 2002
The goal of this study was to analyze the development of the relationship between conceptual and linguistic processes as regards idea ordering and structuring (linearizing), when composing a text. Participants (from 7th graders to University students) were required to compose a text using a list of eleven scrambled ideas. Conceptual rules allow to a priori determine an optimal ordering of these ideas. Results showed a significant increase, with grade level, in the establishment of the postulated conceptual order, and in the linguistic elaboration of the text structure. A large autonomy was observed between conceptual and linguistic processes. The discussion considers the following points: The relevance of the notion of text optimal order; the unequal development with grade level of the varied linguistic skills; the dissymmetry in conceptual-linguistic relationships; the usefulness of the experimental paradigm; some consequences for education. (Contains 5 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 11; Grade 7; Grade 9; Higher Education
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Language: English
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