Language environments in student-directed activities in a preschool language-learning laboratory

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Jones, Jessica M.
Self, Trisha L.

Jones, Jessica M. 2014. Language Environments in Student-Directed Activities in a Preschool Language-Learning Laboratory. -- In Proceedings: 10th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, Ks: Wichita State University, p. 107


Effecting change in adult communication patterns within an interdisciplinary teaching-learning environment can be challenging. The Language Environment Analysis (LENA) system provides a state-of-the-art wearable recorder that affords researchers the opportunity to collect and analyze interactions of adults and children in classrooms. This pilot study evaluated the ability to use the LENA technology within a preschool language-learning laboratory located at the Wichita State University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. Data were collected using LENA's digital language processor at the beginning and end of the semester to determine how students modified their interactions with children in a preschool environment. Data obtained were uploaded and transcribed to determine the total number and types of utterances used by student instructors. Results showed that students' communicative intents (number and types) remained consistent from the beginning to the end of the semester. This study will contribute to literature in the area of adult-child interactions within an interdisciplinary pre-professional preschool.

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Presented to the 10th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Heskett Center, Wichita State University, April 25, 2014.
Research completed at Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Health Professions