The Contribution of Informational Texts in the Development of Children’s Verbal Skills

By Irene Sivropoulou and Maria Sakellariou.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Informative texts are texts organized in phrases and paragraphs which aim at making an issue or an event known. Alternatively they aim at giving general information. Over a decade scientists have emphasized the role of informative texts in the improvement of children’s understanding and vocabulary enrichment. At the same time they emphasize the development of motives and the increase of children’s interest for reading. However, it is shown that such texts are not used in the Greek kindergartens nor internationally. In 2007 we designed a pilot study which aimed at testing the degree to which informative texts make a contribution to children’s language development (speaking, listening, vocabulary). Our study lasted 3 months and took place in 3 kindergartens in Thessaloniki’s Prefecture. 48 kindergarten pupils between 4, 5-5, 5 of age took part in the research. They were divided randomly in two groups. One formed the experimental and the other the control group. Our research was designed and applied in two time periods- an educational game approach was tested. Initially the kindergarten teachers filled in an observation test for each child. After that we applied the educational game approach and in the end we revised the initial observation test. The analysis of data shows that informative texts have a significant role in children’s language development.

Keywords: Informative Text, Small Children, Language Development

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 9, pp.31-38. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 629.895KB).

Prof. Irene Sivropoulou

Assistant Professor, Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Western Macedonia, Florina, Florina, Greece

Irene Sivropoulou is Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education and Teaching Methodology in the Department of Early Childhood Education in the University of Western Macedonia, where she is employed since 2002. She has taught under and postgraduate students. She has also taught pre-school teachers’ trainers. Her research interests are about curricula in pre-school education, picture story books, sociodramatic play and developmental skills. She has published two books and articles in scientific magazines, collections of works and congress proceedings.

Prof. Maria Sakellariou

Assistant Professor, Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Ioannina, Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece

I have graduated from the Department of Theology in 1987 and finished my two years postgraduate studies in Pedagogic in 1989. I have graduated from the Department of Early Childhood Education and Care at the TEI of Thessaloniki in 1993. During the academic year 1990/91 I finished my postgraduate studies in Pedagogic at the University of Zurich. From 1995 to 2003 I have worked as teacher at a High school. In 2001 I finished my PhD thesis on “The Christian Education at the Preschool age”. Now, I am working as Assistant Professor at the Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Ioannina. My teaching and research objectives are Preschool education, Social Pedagogic, Didactic of social and ethical education. My interests are extended to intercultural education, environmental ethics and environmental education. I have published an important number of papers as well as a book about social pedagogic and as co-author three other useful manuals for praxis at the early childhood schools.

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