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Spatial Language Coding Manual


Description: This coding system was developed for two research studies. The first study was designed to examine parents’ use of spatial language as they engaged in puzzle play with their young children. The second study was designed to examine patterns and growth in children’s spatial language production, as well as its association with caregiver spatial language production and children’s performance on various spatial tasks. In addition, we are currently in the process of applying this coding system to two additional studies. One of these studies is concerned with parents’ speech to their children in the context of other structured activities (e.g., book reading and construction activities). The other study examines preschool teachers’ use of spatial language.
Reference: Cannon, J., Levine, S., & Huttenlocher, J. (2007). A system for analyzing children and caregivers’ language about space in structured and unstructured contexts. Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center (SILC) technical report.
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Spatial Language Coding Manual: A System for Analyzing Children and Caregivers’ Language about Space in Structured and Unstructured Contexts

Primary Author Contact Information:
Joanna Cannon, The University of Chicago
jcannon [at] uchicago [dot] edu

Developed by: Joanna Cannon, Susan Levine (Co-PI), Janellen Huttenlocher