A Factor Analysis of Oral Communication Skills in Older Children The investigation reported here was concerned with the application of the factor analytic method to identify the factors which define oral communication abilities in older children. A study population of 143 preadolescent subjects was evaluated on 40 speech and language measures by classroom teachers and by speech specialists. An intercorrelation ... Research Article
Research Article  |   March 01, 1964
A Factor Analysis of Oral Communication Skills in Older Children
 
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  • Michael Marge
    Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, Mt. Carmel Guild, Newark, New Jersey
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Research Article   |   March 01, 1964
A Factor Analysis of Oral Communication Skills in Older Children
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1964, Vol. 7, 31-46. doi:10.1044/jshr.0701.31
History: Received August 5, 1963
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1964, Vol. 7, 31-46. doi:10.1044/jshr.0701.31
History: Received August 5, 1963

The investigation reported here was concerned with the application of the factor analytic method to identify the factors which define oral communication abilities in older children. A study population of 143 preadolescent subjects was evaluated on 40 speech and language measures by classroom teachers and by speech specialists. An intercorrelation matrix of the 40 measures was computed and submitted to a factor analysis by means of the principal axes method. Seven factors were extracted which represent the human abilities underlying the dimensions of speech and language behavior studied. The factors were identified as follows: Factor 1—General Speaking Ability as Assessed by Speech Specialists; Factor 2—Motor Skill in Speaking; Factor 3—Speech Dominance; Factor 4—Non-distracting Speech Behavior; Factor 5—Voice Quality; Factor 6— Language Maturity; and Factor 7—General Speaking Ability as Assessed by Teachers.

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