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Umeå University, Faculty of Teacher Education, Child and Youth Education, Special Education, and Counselling.
Umeå University, Faculty of Teacher Education, Child and Youth Education, Special Education, and Counselling.
2004 (Swedish)In: Tidskrift för lärarutbildning och forskning. Journal of Research in Teacher Education, ISSN 1404-7659, Vol. 11, no 3-4, 91-103 p.Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
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This article describes a pilot study in which we talked with pre-school children, told them fairytales and listened to their conversation in order to describe and analyse their verbal communications. From our own previous observations we were aware of the importance of studying the development of reading and mathematics concurrently as the base of both subjects is verbal language communication. We therefore observed the verbal communication of the children while they solved problems both in and out of the mathematical context. In this pilot study we attempted to determine expressions in the children’s language that showed a connection between their primary linguistic ability and their thought processes. In examining the language used by the children in their discussions we were guided by the following questions: How did they express themselves? Which words did they use?

Did they use a variety of expressions? We considered both the structure of their sentences and the logistics of their thought processes. We watched for those linguistic structures which indicated the children’s ability to “hold a clear line”. We

therefore also observed for syntactic structures in the language, which the children used, which indicated their ability to do so. One criterion, which indicates maturity in the development

of verbal communication is the ability to think before talking. In the study we approached the analyses of the children’s discussions so as to understand their process of problem solving so that we could better understand their thought processes in arriving at their results. The findings have been useful in helping us refine a method of data collection which we can apply to, for further research of this type.

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2004. Vol. 11, no 3-4, 91-103 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-7100OAI: diva2:146771
Available from: 2008-01-08 Created: 2008-01-08 Last updated: 2011-01-12Bibliographically approved

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