evaluating the existing differences in responses particularly from the black children as compared to the other children in the classrooms chosen for the study. This objective involved the role of questioning in socialization and language. Variation of questions was evaluated in proportion to other types of responses or utterances contained in the three circumstances, as well as the uses of different questions and the assumptions on the functions of questions as established by the author. The objective of the research work was to indicate verbal strategies, and how the resultant ethnographic data in the home and community settings could be applied in comparing the collected data in the functions of language studies carried out in the classrooms. The research involved collecting information beyond the confines of the classroom, i.e. the interactions at the children’s home and also the teachers’ homes. This provided the right criteria for effective schooling ethnography. The research also aimed at demonstrating the desirability of long term research as shown in the author intermittently engaging health in the study for a period of 5 years. The study also aimed at demonstrating the utility of incorporating a clear frame of reference for use in the study. The frame of reference used for this particular study was the ethnography of communication and language socialization. These two elements are recent developments are interdisciplinary in cultural anthropology. The study also had direct potential of application for education improvement in the classroom through the interaction of the community and the school.
The research presents data on the usage of questions in three different circumstances. The study setup was carried out in a city located in the Southeastern United States, known to comprise of black residents of the working class community, children from this community who attended the classrooms selected for the ...Show more