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Conversation Among Children

by Claire T. Zyve - 1927

WHO would dream of limiting a caller to a discussion of books he had read? What dinner guest would be given an invitation on the condition that he confine himself to a discussion of Egyptian art? Who would be so absurd as to ask a five-year-old friend to talk only about his toys? But between kindergarten and adulthood we limit the freedom of the growing boy's and girl's conversation, and yet we expect to produce an adult with the small child's readiness to converse informally on many topics interesting to him. In the past, paradoxically enough, we have expected to do it by keeping the child, in these intervening years, in a school atmosphere in which he seldom, if ever, talked freely.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 29 Number 1, 1927, p. 46-61
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 5776, Date Accessed: 9/19/2020 6:34:01 PM

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