ERIC Number: ED177772
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Assessing Language Related Skills of Pre-Linguistic Children. Final Report. Volume III.
Cairns, George F.; Butterfield, Earl C.
The third of four documents reviews research on assessment in three domains (receptive language skills, expressive language skills, and perceptual and cognitive processes) as the most likely to predict subsequent language development of young children who have yet to speak their first word. Section II focuses on assessment of hearing sensitivity and speech perception, two factors that permit receptive language. Among conclusions of a third section on productive language skills are that screening is the least sophisticated assessment function; that diagnostic tests must identify a handicapping condition and indicate a treatment; and that tracking behavioral change is the most sophisticated function of assessment and is presently impossible. It is concluded in Section IV that perhaps the only immediately applicable assessment procedure used to study the cognitive and perceptual underpinnings of language is the Piagetian scale developed by J. Uzgiris and J. Hunt. Among recommendations offered in a final section are that the Bureau of Education for the Handicapped support only research whose procedures yield data that would support clinical decisions about individual infants and that support be given to more narrowly circumscribed research efforts in each of the three areas (receptive language, expressive language, and perceptual and cognitive processes) reviewed. (SBH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. School Systems Branch.
Authoring Institution: Kansas Neurological Inst., Topeka.
Note: For related information, see EC 121 121-124