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ERIC Number: EJ902875
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1058-0360
Children's Responses to Educators' Questions in Day Care Play Groups
de Rivera, Christina; Girolametto, Luigi; Greenberg, Janice; Weitzman, Elaine
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, v14 n1 p14-26 Feb 2005
An exploratory study examined adults' questions to small groups of children to determine how questions influenced their response rate and complexity of response. Thirteen educators of toddlers and 13 educators of preschoolers were videotaped during free-play. Both groups of educators used an equivalent frequency of open-ended and closed questions, but the preschool educators used more topic-continuing questions. Consistent with their developmental level, preschoolers responded more frequently than toddlers. Toddlers demonstrated few effects of question type. In contrast, preschoolers used more multiword utterances following open-ended questions and topic-continuing questions. Implications for in-service education for staff of early childhood settings include increasing the use of both open-ended and topic-continuing questions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A