Generalization The Nature of Change Clinical Forum
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Clinical Forum  |   July 01, 1988
Generalization
 
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  • Judith R. Johnston is in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405. Requests for reprints may be sent to her at this address.
    Judith R. Johnston is in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405. Requests for reprints may be sent to her at this address.×
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Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum   |   July 01, 1988
Generalization
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 1988, Vol. 19, 314-329. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1903.314
History: Received March 26, 1987 , Accepted October 15, 1987
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 1988, Vol. 19, 314-329. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1903.314
History: Received March 26, 1987; Accepted October 15, 1987

Children's knowledge and control of a language pattern changes throughout the course of its acquisition. Early phases of this evolution may involve changes in the child's characterization of the pattern. Later phases seem to involve the automatization of pattern processing. Although both sorts of phenomena have been called generalization, many theorists would argue that these are fundamentally different types of mental events. Language interventionists who are concerned about generalization may need to distinguish between activities that will promote rule learning and activities that will promote effortless rule utilization.

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