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Blind Children's Representations of Complex Scenes in a Narrative

A teacher speaks to a boy wearing glasses

Blind Children's Representations of Complex Scenes in a Narrative
by Elizabeth Christie, Master of Science Thesis, University of British Columbia (1998)

The main goal of this study was to determine how blind children conceptually represent the temporal and spatial relationships in the story, Frog, Where Are You?  This was accomplished by examining the terms blind children used to express the temporal and spatial relations in narrating the complex scenes and events in the story.  A secondary objective was to determine the global coherence of the children's narratives by analyzing their use of tense in their narratives -- specifically whether they chose to use an anchor tense - as well as their inclusion of the main plot components of the story.  Final goals were to determine the extent to which the blind children used memorized clauses while retelling the story and how the results obtained from blind children compared with those from age-matched sighted children.