Narrative Skills and Social Class

Peterson, Carole (1994) Narrative Skills and Social Class. Canadian Journal of Education, 19 (3). pp. 251-269. ISSN 0380-2361

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Narratives play an important role in education, for pragmatic and theoretical reasons. Narrative skills of four-year-old children are hypothetically important for later school success. This research investigated the relationship between specific narrative skills and social class in a culturally and racially homogeneous sample, focusing particularly on narratives of economically disadvantaged children from disorganized households. Both middle-class and economically disadvantaged children (but not economically disadvantaged children from disorganized households) often produced long and informative narratives. In contrast, children from disorganized households were most likely to produce extremely minimal narratives, and even their longer ones tended to be chronologically disorganized and poorly patterned in terms of overall structure. Since narrative is one building block teachers use pedagogically, such differences in the match between child skills and school demands at school entrance are cause for concern.

Item Type: Article
Item ID: 9751
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Psychology
Science, Faculty of > Psychology
Date: 1994
Date Type: Publication
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