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ERIC Number: EJ905952
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
"Talking like a Book?" Socioeconomic Differences of Maternal Conversational Styles in Co-Constructing Personal Narratives with Young Taiwanese Children
Lai, Wen-Feng
Early Child Development and Care, v180 n10 p1361-1377 Dec 2010
The study investigated how Taiwanese mothers with different socioeconomic statuses (SES) co-constructed personal experience with their children in narrative conversations. Forty dyads recruited in Taiwan participated in the study, half from middle-class families and half from the working-class. Narrative conversations in Mandarin Chinese were tape-recorded, transcribed verbatim and analysed quantitatively. The results indicated that the family SES was more closely related to the maternal conversational style than the children's age. Middle-class mothers were more elaborative, confirmative and more likely to incorporate basic narrative elements into conversations. Working-class mothers were more likely to initiate multiple topics of the same theme and rarely corrected children's errors in conversations. Conversational style of middle-class mothers resembled written language, whereas that of working-class mothers was more casual. The results are discussed in relation to the literacy development of children. Implications for schooling are included. (Contains 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan