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What the Children Said: An Analysis of the Children's Language during Computer Lessons


American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting,


Part of a larger study on pre-school children's ability to use the computer to create art, a study examined the language children used as they were exposed to and trained to use a computer software program. Subjects were 4 preschool children (4 or 5 years of age). Audio and video recordings of the children over 8 sessions yielded a total of 1,501 protocols for analysis. A coding system including the four basic language functions--Child Directed, Child Informing, Child Inquiry, and Expressions--was used to code the data. Results indicated that: (1) the computer experience provided an opportunity for a wide range of language use; (2) children were highly interested in the computer class; (3) language used peaked once the children became comfortable with the software; and (4) language was used to work out solutions and to solve problems. Findings suggest that children were fascinated by the computer graphics and quickly learned the instructions and activities necessary to use the medium. (Contains 15 references, and 1 table and 1 figure of data.) (RS)


Bhargava, A. & Escobedo, T. (1997). What the Children Said: An Analysis of the Children's Language during Computer Lessons. Presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting 1997. Retrieved November 20, 2019 from .

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