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Request style : at home and in school

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Title: Request style : at home and in school
Author: Reicher, Shira R.
Advisor: Cassidy, Kimberly E.
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of Psychology
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Running Time: 316672 bytes165441 bytes
Issue Date: 2004
Abstract: Children's understanding and fulfilling of requests is essential to succeeding in the home and school environment. The current study examines differences between teachers' and mothers' request styles to determine if children are exposed to different request styles in each respective environment. Forty naturalistic lessons and free-play sessions of teachers and mothers conversing with children were coded for requests along several dimensions, including request type. Analysis revealed contrasting teacher and mother request styles. Results suggest that requests occur frequently in teachers' and mothers' speech, with teachers using slightly more total requests. Further analysis reveals that teachers and mothers differ slightly in their request type frequency distributions, with teachers using more need/want statements and hints. The results are discussed in terms of their implications for children's transition to school, Theory of Mind and request comprehension.
Subject: Interaction analysis in education
Subject: Parent and child
Subject: Learning, Psychology of
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